School Construction Projects: Christian Heritage Academy (CHA), Lakeville, MN Update
The new Christian Heritage Academy building located at 7320 175th Street, Lakeville, Minnesota, is really starting to look like the school that had only previously been a picture on a page. I took a tour of the site today with the project manager, Cam Luong, and could literally envision the staff and the children coming through the front doors, walking the halls, sitting in the classrooms and playing in the gym. The whole space has a lot of open space and natural lighting which made it feel both welcoming and warm despite its current unfinished state.
NEW LAKEVILLE SCHOOL NEARING COMPLETION:
As you enter the building, the classroom hall is to the right. As we walked down this hall, I discovered that each classroom has a special feature: a colorful accent wall, chosen by each teacher, ranging in colors of various shades of yellow, green, blue and purple. Each class also has its own coat closet which will house the kids’ backpacks, coats and winter gear, thus keeping the large hallways free of clutter. Little details which make this space more personal, I would think, is the placement of bathrooms in each of the kindergarten classrooms so they don’t have to go out in the hallway and then separate restrooms on the hall for the older kids.
To the left of the entryway, is a doorway that leads into the office space for the principal and administrative staff as well as an extra room for potential growth. I think the staff will love their new digs as it all comes together.
The wing next to the office area is where the gym is located as well as the cafeteria serving area and the lunch room. The gym is a really cool space where the kids will obviously play in addition to having assemblies and performances as there is a large stage overlooking the gym floor. Being in the gym was only disappointing because we didn’t have a basketball to shoot some hoops!
While I was there, there was work actively being done. Ceilings were being installed, painting was being done, and various electrical work was being performed. It seems like just yesterday the ground “blessing” occurred, with just the dirt moved. It’s pretty exciting to see a project come together from the very beginning stages.
I look forward to seeing it when it is complete with the flooring all installed, pictures and artwork hung on the walls, and furniture filling the space. Cam has said that the goal is to be complete at the end of August. I know this will make some teachers, staff and kids super happy since school starts right after the beginning of September!
Until then, I hope you enjoy these pictures we took while we took the tour. Stay tuned for the finished project!
If you haven’t already visited the Project Page for Christian Heritage Academy, you may do so by clicking on the link HERE.
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