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Getting down and dirty at AA

Haselden Construction began drilling for caissons last month for the new AA facility in Parker. The school is slated to open in the fall of this year.

Information provided by American Academy

After a full year of planning and hard work, the new American Academy (AA) Parker building is going up, right on schedule. Located on Motsenbocker Road and Mainstreet, the new campus building will initially be home to 651 kindergarten through sixth grade students and 124 prekindergarten students. The new facility will eventually accommodate students all the way through the eighth grade.

According to Steve Cunningham, AA’s facilities manager, the construction team began drilling this week for the caissons that will support the building’s foundation. Steel will arrive on March 14 at which point the building goes vertical.

Erin Kane, head of school for AA, adds, “We are thrilled to be working again with Haselden Construction and Hutton Architecture Studio. They designed and built our Castle Pines building in 2008, and they have all jumped right back in and are working double-time to make this new building as amazing as our first.” The Parker building design is largely the same as the Castle Pines building with a few specific changes to accommodate the needs of the prekindergarten program and the flatter topography of the site.

The Castle Pines campus employees have also been working hard this winter. To date, the current Castle Pines campus and the Parker campus are both at full enrollment for k-8 and k-6, respectively, in the 2013-2014 school year. Kindieprep, the prekindergarten program, began enrollment the middle of last month.

Kane is quick to point out that the actual work of bringing new families and employees into the AA family has been accomplished entirely by the current Castle Pines campus staff. “I couldn’t be prouder of my Castle Pines administration, front office, IT, and facilities teams right now. They are pulling off a Herculean task, doing two jobs in one as we enroll and hire a cast of hundreds, and they have handled that extra load with incredible competence and grace. I’m very lucky to have them!”

Kane looks forward to expanding her staff by almost double next year as the school hires 65 new k-6 and kindieprep teachers and support staff for the Parker campus.

For more information on the school about AA and their new Parker location, visit their website at www.americanacademyk8.org.

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