Project Summary
Sugar Creek Charter School

Enriching the lives of neighborhood students through K-12 education, college and career readiness, and life skills for success.

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The Space
Square Footage 30,500
Location Charlotte, NC

Sugar Creek Charter School (SCCS) expands its presence in the Charlotte area with an interior renovation and external addition to its existing campus. Together with Choate’s repeat client, Movement Foundation, SCCS provides a safe place for students to receive a good education in order to positively impact the lives of children in its community. This partnership enables SCCS to achieve its mission: “to eradicate generational poverty in the lives of its students by providing a rigorous education from kindergarten through 12th grade with academic preparation, college and career readiness, and life skills for success.”

The Nitty Gritty

The addition to the existing campus consists of a two-story precast building with exposed precast walls and stained concrete floors. To expand the offerings of the existing charter school, this new space houses classrooms, learning laboratories, and administration offices. The interior renovation aspect of this project includes transforming the existing building into a cafeteria with a full-service kitchen and multi-purpose room.

Building History & Good Bones

Built in the late 1990s, Sugar Creek is the oldest operating charter school in Mecklenberg County. Due to its age, there were no structural drawings available for the existing building. Together with the structural engineer, the on-site superintendent field-measured the existing facility and crafted a plan to add steel to support the building’s new kitchen equipment. Additionally, the sanitary sewer system needed to be completely redesigned to facilitate the cafeteria’s operations.

Due to thorough, early planning and close collaboration between the project team and trade partners, these obstacles had no impact on the project schedule and both the building addition and interior renovation were delivered on time.

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