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Cherokee Redevelopment Project

Project Overview

At its regular board meeting on October 16, 2018, the SUSD Governing Board voted unanimously to redevelop Cherokee Elementary School.

This project's goals were determined by the first two Community Forum meetings.

Cherokee Elementary School

Upcoming Meetings

No new meetings scheduled at this time.

Completed Meetings

December 3, 2019 —SUSD Governing Board Special Meeting: Agenda Item V.A.
 Board approved Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) of $23,040,730 for CORE Construction Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) contract to rebuild Cherokee Elementary School.  Construction phases presented.
August 20, 2019 — SUSD Governing Board Regular Monthly meeting: Agenda Item VII.A. 
Orcutt Winslow architects presented the same proposed design concept that was shown to the community on Aug. 12 and that is still being developed in conjunction with CORE Construction.   They reported that they expect to submit a GMP (Guaranteed Maximum Price) proposal for the Cherokee rebuild in December 2019.
August 12, 2019 — Community Forum #6:  Cherokee Design Concept Presentation
July 24, 2019 — Visioning Committee Meeting #7
June 26, 2019 — Visioning Committee Meeting #6
May 14, 2019 — SUSD Governing Board Regular Monthly Meeting:

The Board approved  a Construction Manager @ Risk (CMAR) form of contract for Cherokee's construction if it approves a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) for the work that CORE Construction will submit in the future. 
April 29, 2019
 Community Forum #5
April 16, 2019 — SUSD Governing Board Regular Monthly Meeting:
The Board voted to rebuild Cherokee Elementary School.
April 11, 2019 —SUSD Governing Board Study Session:
Orcutt Winslow architects and CORE Construction, Inc. recommended that Cherokee Elementary School be rebuilt, rather than renovated.
March 25, 2019 — Community Forum #4
March 19, 2019 — SUSD Governing Board Regular Monthly Meeting:
The Board awarded CORE Construction, Inc.,  Phoenix, a contract for pre-construction services for the Cherokee Elementary School project from five companies that submitted bids.  A pre-construction fee not to exceed 0.7% of the final construction costs was negotiated with CORE.
March 7, 2019 — Governing Board Study Session (Project Update)
March 6, 2019  Visioning Meeting #5
March 1, 2019  'Alternative' Community Forum #3
February 20, 2019  Visioning Meeting #4
February 6, 2019  Visioning Meeting #3
January 28, 2019  Cherokee Project Community Forum #3
January 23, 2019  Visioning Committee #2
January 16, 2019  Cherokee Visioning Committee #1
January 7, 2019  Cherokee Project Community Forum #2
December 17, 2018  Cherokee Project Community Forum #1 [Flyer]
December 11, 2018  SUSD Governing Board selects Phoenix-based Orcutt Winslow as project architect.
October 16, 2018  SUSD Governing Board voted to redevelop Cherokee Elementary School with voter-approved bonds.

 Cherokee Visioning Committee

This committee, appointed by the Cherokee principal, will work between Community Forum meetings on the details of the Cherokee project. It is comprised of Cherokee parents, neighbors, teachers and staff.


Walt Chantler 
Paul Andersen
Amber Lindsey
Nikki Kaiser
Melissa Millstein
Jenni Holland
Melanie Usher
Anne Waddington
Carrie Robinson
Mike Wacaser 
Brenda Nelson
Judy Droz
Peggy Kaiser
Amanda Shapiro


Chief Peter Wingert
Peggy Minard
Timothy Bidwill
Skip Robinson
Rachel Loftin
Kami Galvani
Mason Renfer
Christy Wright
Matthew Pittinsky
Bridgett Sechrest
Valerie Pesch
Melinda Gulick

Project Contacts





Orcutt Winslow
(602) 257-1764
2929 N Central Ave
11th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85012

CORE Construction


SUSD Facilities Director:

Dennis Roehler
(480) 484-8503

Cherokee School Principal:

Walter Chantler
(480) 484-8710

Project Goals & Process

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Memorable Goals for Cherokee Elementary School Redevelopment Project - Click to view larger

Process Driven Design - Click to view larger.