The charter school is relocating to
"Ivy is no longer handcuffed by existing on a leased area," board president
A loan through the
Ivy is the first charter school in
"This school is not one person's vision, but there is a lot of support behind this project," Copeland said.
The school has more than 30 partnerships that reflect enormous community support for Ivy's environmental mission, said
"An advantage to this type of loan is that the term goes out a lot longer than a bank can offer -- in this case 40 years -- making it more attractive to nonprofits and municipalities, as we can give them competitive interest rates," said Copeland.
"There is no way we could have funded this project without the
The conceptual design of the new building was developed by
Parks spent time in Ivy and with students before working on his design. He designed the new building to reflect the school's environmental emphasis.
The school's new main entry hallway was designed to imitate the river. The curves of the wall and the mural that will be painted on them will reflect the outdoors throughout the interior of the school.
"The architects have done a wonderful job of bringing the vision and mission of Ivy into the design of the school," said
Markum said she is happy the building is no longer a boring box.
The building project began nine months ago and has been the fastest-moving project that Copeland has been involved in from a funding perspective, he said.
"Having a deadline hard and fast like this coming school year served as a motivator for everyone," said Copeland.
Ivy's new location will allow it to increase enrollment, and applications are being accepted for the 2014-15 school year.
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