Innovative charter school given permanent home in East Village
SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–KCM Group, a leading construction management firm based in San Diego,
recently completed work on the Urban Discovery Academy. The independent
charter school promotes project-based learning, community service,
Spanish-language instruction, technology and the arts. Housed in
temporary venues since its opening in 2008, the new $10.5 million campus
provides a permanent home for this K-8 school.
Urban Discovery Academy is located in the I.D.E.A. District of San
Diego’s East Village neighborhood. I.D.E.A. stands for innovation,
design, education and the arts. The district was formed to promote
projects that support the ability to live, work, shop and get educated
in the walkable environment.
The grand opening ceremony held earlier this month was attended by Mayor
Kevin Faulconer, City Councilmember Todd Gloria, and Police Chief Shelly
“San Diego’s newest K-8 charter school, the Urban Discovery Academy, is
a great asset to the I.D.E.A. District,” said Mayor Faulconer. “This new
school will help more than 400 students learn the skills they need to
compete in our innovation economy. It was great getting to meet some of
the students and ring the school bell for its grand opening.”
KCM Group served as the Urban Discovery Academy’s project manager. It
handled all aspects of the bond funding, design management and
construction management for the new school. This state-of-the-art,
36,000 square foot facility combined the renovation of an existing
classic structure with new construction.
“The new Urban Discovery Academy building injects a modern,
architecturally unique design into the landscape of the East Village,”
said Gordon Kovtun, principal of KCM Group. “In addition to leaving a
mark on the neighborhood for its design, the Urban Discovery Academy
will shape the lives of San Diego’s future leaders.”
“KCM Group was invaluable to us on this project,” said MaeLin
Levine, president of the Urban Discovery Academy’s governing board.
“They handled everything from the bond financing to construction, and
brought the project in on time and on budget.”
The school incorporates an open design, rooftop pavilion and outdoor
playground that capture views of its urban environment. Bright colors
and modern furnishings contrast with the vaulted ceilings and exposed
brick of the original historic building to spur the creativity and
innovation of both students and teachers.
About KCM Group
KCM Group is a full-service owner’s representative and consulting firm
based in San Diego. Founded in 2000, KCM Group provides comprehensive
construction management services for government, commercial, non-profit
and residential clients. KCM Group’s multidisciplinary approach also
includes specialized consulting services in the areas of environmental
compliance, civil engineering and planning, construction claims
(avoidance + resolution), forensic analysis and litigation support. For
more information on KCM Group please call 858-273-5400 or visit www.kcmgroup.net.