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New charter school renderings unveiled

Fisher Koppenhafer Architecture and Interior Design has unveiled architectural renderings for Florida’s first KIPP School smallKnowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) school in Jacksonville.  The firm is serving as the architect and interior designer for the new public charter school and donating a portion of its design services to the organization. 

It will transform the former Jacksonville greyhound racing facility on McDuff Avenue into an educational campus that will eventually serve three KIPP Jacksonville schools.  Renovations are underway on the four-story building that will be used for the KIPP School Jacksonville.  Formerly a clubhouse at the racing facility, the building contains approximately 170,000 square feet of space which will include classrooms, administrative offices and a cafeteria.  Outside, the property’s track will be used for physical education programs as well as areas that can accommodate basketball courts and playing fields.  

The first of three planned KIPP Jacksonville schools at the campus will open in 2010.  It will start with 5th grade and add other grades in subsequent years until the school serves 5th through 8th grades.  Additional schools will open in subsequent years.  When complete, it is expected that approximately 1,200 children will attend the Fisher Koppenhafer-designed KIPP Jacksonville campus.

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