Turnkey Development Program

Adams Traditional Academy
Phoenix, AZ



Project Profile: Initial build-out of a shell industrial space into an elementary school offering a Core Knowledge curriculum with emphasis on the principles of America’s founding fathers. A three-phased project that included new construction of a full gymnasium and classroom space to accommodate up to 800 students in preschool through eighth grade completed in August 2012 for a Total Project Cost of $10,725,000.

The Adams Traditional Academy Board of Directors turned to CSDC to transform a vacant industrial space into a child-friendly facility that supports the K-8 school’s ‘Performing Plus’ educational philosophy.

CSDC worked with this group of self-described “idealistic parents and administrators” to realize their vision for an educational space in which the “thinkers, problem solvers, and leaders of the future” could learn the basics of reading, math, science and history, as well as Latin and the fine arts. Despite a late start, construction of the elementary school (Phase I) was completed on time for the beginning of the 2010 school year.

CSDC completed a 21,000 square foot Phase II expansion for fall 2011 on time and on budget that enabled Adams to serve 540 students for the 2011-12 school year. CSDC recently completed the Phase III expansion of the campus that entailed the construction of a new 30,710 square foot, two-story building adjacent to, and similar in size and design to, their current elementary school facility.  This phase  resulted in additional classroom and ancillary spaces including a multi-purpose room, music room, kitchen, and administrative offices.  The completion of Phase III has enabled the school to start a preschool, expand their full day kindergarten classes, and expand the enrollment in the lower grade levels.

Thanks to a focus on detail in form and function by the architect and interior design team, more than 500 students and faculty are now settled into bright, friendly and spacious classrooms, in a “facility that matches our educational philosophy,” said Sharon Malone, school Principal and Board Member. Click here to learn more about CSDC’s Real Estate Development Services.

“Charter School Development was critical in the acquisition and development of our new facility.  Without their expertise and financing, we would not have been able to acquire a facility for our growing student population.  Their professionalism and responsiveness to our specific needs created a positive working relationship throughout the whole process.”

– Lisa Fink, Board President, Adams Traditional Academy