The Exploris School, along with its partners in the Exploris Development Group, has purchased from Duke Energy 5.5 acres in downtown Raleigh at 120 Kindley Street. The property includes a former data center and is located two blocks from the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.
Exploris will be housed in 53,000 square feet on the ground floor of the multi-use, energy positive building, with two floors above available for commercial use. The $20 million project will be funded by bonds and a capital campaign.
Renovation and construction will begin third quarter, 2016. Exploris Elementary School will relocate from New Bern Avenue into its new home in August 2017 followed by Exploris Middle School, now located on Hillsborough Street, in December 2017.
“Consolidating the elementary school and middle school campuses is a huge step toward financial independence for Exploris. We will be able to expand our collaboration with global education partners, local school districts and downtown Raleigh businesses, as well as continue to be a leader in green STEM education,” said Summer Clayton, Exploris Executive Director.
“Exploris is one of Raleigh’s great assets, and we are happy that it will have a new home. Exploris students utilize the entire downtown as its extended campus. It has quickly become known as one of the best schools in North Carolina,” said Smedes York, former Raleigh mayor and CEO of York Properties.
The Exploris School, a public charter in downtown Raleigh since 1997, is a leader in global learning, featuring a project-based, integrated approach to education. The global learning model balances STEM best practices, community engagement and social empowerment. The state of North Carolina has named it a Model STEM School of Distinction and in 2014, Exploris was recognized by the US Department of Education as a Green Ribbon School Winner for Environmental Education and Stewardship.
SfL+a Architects, a Raleigh firm, will design the school. SfL+a Architects is one of the nation’s preeminent designers of high performance buildings. With its sister company, Firstfloor, the firms completed the nation’s first Energy-Positive public school in 2013. Its high performance, energy efficient buildings tread lightly on the earth and foster environmentally positive educational opportunities for the school students in its buildings.
For more information, contact: Summer Clayton, Executive Director: firstname.lastname@example.org 919.715.3691