Davis Reed Construction
KCM Group served as the Urban Discovery Academy’s (UDA) project manager, handling bond funding, design management and construction management for the new school. This state-of-the-art, 36,000 square foot facility combined the renovation of an existing classic structure with new construction designed to inject a modern, architecturally unique mark on the neighborhood. UDA in East Village is San Diego’s first downtown K-8 charter school. Construction of the school included an innovative open-plan with fewer walls and the addition of a rooftop playground that embraces the surrounding urban environment. Since its completion, the school utilizes non-traditional classrooms with desks that fit together like fans, creating half-rounds to encourage group work. Bright colors and modern furnishings contrast with the vaulted ceilings and exposed brick from the original historic building to help encourage collaboration, creativity and innovation among students and teachers.