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Nova Classical Academy entrance
Nova Classical Academy regulation basketball court
We believe that classical
education at Nova will allow us to graduate a young adult who is a
rational thinker, self-motivated learner, and demonstrates
him/herself to be a person of character.
Fee Developer Services
Nova Classical Academy
St. Paul, MN
Project profile: Ground up construction of a new,
92,000 square foot three-story facility that includes regulation
basketball courts and classroom space to accommodate a full K-12
educational program for up to 1,000 students. Total project
Nova Classical Academy began operations in
2003 with 166 students in grades K-6, and has added grades annually
with the goal of offering a complete K-12 educational option. Nova
offers a rigorous academic program based on a classical education
model and has earned a reputation of academic excellence that has
propelled steady growth. This growth forced the school to
operate from two sites due to limited availability of
school-appropriate leased facilities in the St. Paul area.
The dual site structure created cost and logistical inefficiencies
for staff and families with students in grades at each campus and
ultimately became a hindrance to the school's long term strategic
The school hired CSDC as its "Fee Developer"
in June 2011 for the purpose of developing a new campus that would
accommodate its full K-12 program in one central location.
CSDC led the predevelopment process, negotiated the purchase
agreement on the property, arranged the tax-exempt bond financing
bonds issued through the Saint Paul Housing and Redevelopment
Authority and underwritten and marketed by Piper Jaffray and
Company, helped select the architect and general contractor, and
managed the entire 10-month construction project through
A new three-story 92,400 square foot building with 58
classrooms, a gym with two regulation sized basketball courts &
locker rooms, music and art rooms, a café, and associated
administrative space was constructed and the school commenced
operations in the state-of-the-art facility in August 2012.
As a result, Nova was able to consolidate its two campuses and grow
from 694 to over 950 students.
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