Turnkey Facilities Project

Piedmont Community Charter School
Gastonia, NC


Project Profile: Total gut renovation of 45,000 square feet, from abandoned grocery store to vibrant college preparatory school, in 7 months. Total project cost: $5,000,000

Piedmont Community Charter School, a Challenge Foundation Academy, turned to CSDC to purchase and renovate an abandoned local Winn-Dixie to accommodate its growing facilities needs. CSDC’s trusted partner, Bouma Construction, served as design builder to create a bright and efficient new home for the school’s 6-12th grade college preparatory and fine arts programs. Design commenced in February, construction started in April, and the fully functional campus welcomed students back-to-school in August 2010.

From the early programming stages through completion, the focus was on providing high-value solutions that stretched every available dollar. Coolers, freezers, and shelving were replaced with hallways, restrooms, lowered ceilings, gym space, windows, and classrooms. Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems were entirely replaced to meet current building codes and safety requirements. Despite discovery that copper thefts had entirely gutted the electrical service entrance, the “Can Do” team still delivered the project on budget and on time.

The result is a modern, appealing educational facility where students are challenged every day as their teachers prepare them for college.

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