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West-MEC to break ground on campus in Surprise

September 21, 2016
Phoenix Business Journal

Western Maricopa Education Center is breaking ground on its $45 million campus in Surprise.

The new campus at the southwest corner of Dysart Road and Grand Avenue is being built on a 19.3-acre parcel for a fall 2017 opening. It will be the fifth campus in the West-MEC Career and Technical Education School District.

An artist rendering of Western Maricopa Education Center's Northwest Campus.

Phase I of the campus, which will include construction and furniture, fixture and equipment, will cost $11.9 million.

The campus will offer a variety of certification programs preparing students for careers in information technology security, law, public safety and security, medical assisting, physical therapy technician and cosmetology.

The full cost of the entire campus is estimated at $45 million over the next several years if the district's upcoming bond election passes. A portion of a $141 million building bond would add programs such as automotive technology, energy and industrial technology, medium/heavy diesel and pharmacy technician.

Future phases also include a gathering space for the community that could fit more than 300 people.

McCarthy Building Cos. Inc. is the general contractor, while SPS+ Architects and Architechnology are architects for the project.

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