May 01, 2019
KIPP Bridge Academy now has a new facility to help support the educational pursuits of its fifth-grade through eighth-grade students looking to develop their knowledge, skills and character strengths.
In August 2018, KIPP Bridge Academy, a transitional kindergarten through eighth-grade public charter school that is free and open to all students, officially unveiled its new 17,000-square-foot upper school classroom, administration and cafeteria building. Located at 1700 Market St. in Oakland, KIPP Bridge Academy has educated students in West Oakland since it was founded in 2002. By recently adding to the one building on its campus, the school is now able to serve more students.
“It’s been a wonderful addition to the community and for the middle school students who are placed there,” says Lauren Garner, operations manager for KIPP Bridge Academy’s Upper School. “We’ve been able to transition into a new beautiful space for our staff and kids. The students love the space and really feel safe. I think that’s the most important thing the new building has meant to us.”
KIPP Bridge Academy teamed up with Alten Construction, a full-service San Francisco Bay Area commercial construction company, on the $8.72 million project in November 2017. With a fixed timeline in place, the project was completed for occupancy in time for the start of the 2018-19 school year in August.
“It was a very fast-paced project,” says Chris Murphy, project manager for Alten Construction. “Due to the short construction duration with a fixed end date being the start of school, coordination and thorough pre-planning was key. It came down to the project team working creatively and collaboratively together to finish on time so the students had a building to occupy.”
The new two-story, wood-frame building contains 10 classrooms for the school’s art and core content classes, including two science classrooms, five administration offices, a cafeteria, kitchen with warming ovens and an elevator. In addition to self-performing the structural concrete, Alten Construction also executed the entire wood framing scope. By completing the foundation and framework themselves, Alten Construction was able to provide KIPP Bridge Academy with the best value for its money.
The commercial construction company and subcontractors also installed a chain-link fence, a trash enclosure and utilities and added bioswales. The project also included necessary site work, including new asphalt, concrete paving and landscaping.
KIPP Bridge Academy currently has more than 560 students enrolled and is one of 15 KIPP schools in the Bay Area. KIPP is a nonprofit network of college-preparatory, public charter schools educating elementary, middle and high school students. The school was created with a focus on character development and college-preparatory academics that emphasizes critical thinking, reading and writing with the goal of preparing students for success throughout their education and in the competitive world beyond.
“To be able to contribute to their legacy of education is an amazing opportunity,” Chris says. “It gives us a sense of pride to look back and see our name mentioned along with an organization that is as impactful as KIPP.”
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