The Lincoln Academy Build Team Gives Back
Corporate Contractors Inc (CCI) recently hosted a gathering of build team members to celebrate the near-completion of The Lincoln Academy, and to present the school team with a surprise send-off gift, a check for $212,603 to support the school’s career and technical education programming. Nearly twenty companies who worked on the project gifted the school monetary and material donations. The Lincoln Academy, a public charter school authorized by the UW Office of Educational Opportunity, will open its doors to more than 400 scholars on September 1.
“It isn’t often that you get the opportunity to work on a project like this one,” said Aaron Combs, CCI Project Manager. “We had an incredibly aggressive timeline with no room for failure. Every person on the job knew what was at stake and you could see it in the way people showed up. They weren’t installing mechanical systems, painting walls or building cubbies, they were creating a place for children to build their futures. As the building went up, so did the commitment and passion for this project.”
At almost 115,000 square feet, The Lincoln Academy will serve scholars in grades 4K-12 focusing on rigorous academics, character education and career exploration. The facility includes a range of exploratory spaces such as construction, welding, agriculture science, engineering, medical services and applied arts.
1901 Mechanical and Plumbing, was the first to make a gift, contributing over $25,000 to The Lincoln Academy. “We loved being a part of this project and 1901 is proud to invest in the work of the school,” said Justin Wiemer, Vice President. “I grew up in Beloit. I believe The Lincoln Academy can make a real difference for kids. We intend to stay involved. Job shadows, apprenticeships, student projects. There are so many ways we can continue to expose students to real world careers. We look forward to being a part of it.”
With additional donations still being considered, the build team is expected to contribute more than $225,000 in gifts ranging from $500 to $50,000.
“There is such strong commitment to the children of this City,” said Dr. Kristi Cole, Chief Education Officer for The Lincoln Academy. “The craftsmen and women who created this space brought their time and talent each and every day. To see them step up and make an additional investment in our children is heartwarming. We can’t wait to demonstrate what these partnerships make possible for our scholars.”
For a virtual tour of The Lincoln Academy, visit The Lincoln Academy – YouTube.