San Diego-based general contractor Pacific Building Group has completed construction of a new two-story, 27,110-square-foot education building for KIPP Adelante Preparatory Academy, a tuition-free, college preparatory charter public middle school. Founded in 2003 and formerly located in downtown San Diego, the school has relocated to 426 Euclid Avenue in San Diego, the site of the new building.
“We’re honored to be a part of this progressive charter school that brings high-quality education to under-resourced communities and gives students the skills and confidence needed to pursue a college education,” says Jim Roherty, president of Pacific Building Group. “We hope the leading-edge education building will be an inviting and inspiring place to learn for years to come.”
The new space, which showcases a blend of exposed metal and wood, has 16 classrooms, two music rooms, two special education rooms, one art room and one multi-purpose room. Exterior materials include stucco, fiber cement siding and galvanized metal work. In the lobby entrance is a high ceiling with exposed, rustic-style Alaskan Yellow Cedar beams. The south side of the building reveals exposed concrete masonry as well as a 10-foot-long Douglas fir bench constructed between the building’s vertical posts. In addition, all handrails are made of exposed vertical grain Douglas fir.
The building was constructed largely before COVID-19 stay-at-home orders were in place. Pacific Building Group and its building partners worked hard to minimize noise, dust and traffic to ensure the safety of students, teachers and parents. The building was completed during the pandemic and will be fully occupied when KIPP resumes in-person education.
The construction team included MCM Consulting, Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects, Inc. and 37 local subcontractors assembled by Pacific Building Group.
KIPP Adelante Preparatory Academy is a part of the national KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) network of 224 schools in 20 states and Washington, D.C.