Phoenix Day School for the Deaf

Phoenix, AZ USA

Front Entrance and Bus drop off Area


• Programming/Pre-Design
• Schematic Design
• Design Development
• Construction Documents
• Communication, Visual and Lighting Systems Design for the Deaf

Dickinson + Partners (formerly Winter & Company Special Needs Studio) and DLR Group of Phoenix, Arizona were selected to provide programming and design services for the Arizona School for the Deaf and the Blind. The project scope included a new Middle/High School in Phoenix. The project was designed and built in phases that allow for the campus to be fully operational throughout construction.  Demolition of several buildings made way for new parking spaces and visually open cultural spaces.

Dickinson + Partners developed intensive questionnaires and surveys for staff and students to help establish priorities at the beginning of the project. The result of the surveys helped guide the organization and layout of the spaces.

The new middle/high school was organized around a central space, such as a cultural garden, and classrooms were designed with highly visual technology. The team also addressed the “front” of the school, which the administration felt lacked an image and “welcoming” feeling.

The new building has 52,000 gross square feet comprised of classrooms, support and office spaces. The design took into consideration the impact of visual sight lines, direct sun lighting and life safety needs.


Using the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) delivery method, a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) was established under the State of Arizona’s budget. Through systematic examination of the project’s components, the Owner, Construction Manager and architects evaluated their decisions and feasible options against credible cost data to create a cost effective, successful learning environment for the students at the Phoenix Day School for the Deaf.