What had been a brownfield site in Roxborough will begin its new life as a campus devoted to environmental education this week.
The ribbon-cutting for the Green Woods Charter School is scheduled for this morning, and the school's initial class of 465 students will pass through the doors of the new steel, stone and glass building on Tuesday morning.
The cost projection for the three-story, 60,000-square-foot building on the 400 block of Domino Lane was $13.5 million, and Green Woods CEO Jean Wallace said it will "come in at or very close to our budget."
"The amazing part of all this was that so many people doubted that construction would come in on time," Wallace said. "We went from demolition to occupation in just 13 months. It was a remarkable job by BSI Construction and our entire team."
The projected opening date when work began in the fall of 2012 had been September 2013. But Roxborough's geology — lots of rocks and ledges — slowed construction, and the opening was pushed back to January.
Over the past month, "the weather was a challenge," Wallace said. "Our landscape and construction team did a phenomenal job of working around and in the elements as best they could." The outdoor educational areas and planting projects will be completed in the spring, with the participation of the students, she added.
B.A., Temple University