Photos – A tour of Drew Charter’s new campus

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 1, 2014

Drew Charter School invited the public to see the latest addition to its campus on Sept. 27.

The Charlie Yates Campus, a 205,800 square foot high school that opened in July, rises from the hilly landscape like an exclamation point. It consists of parallel crescent-shaped buildings, one for academics and one for recreation. It serves as Drew’s high school, completing the “cradle to college” pipeline. It can accommodate 1,000 middle and high school students.

LauraBollman, Director of Program Design and Implementation for the CF Foundation, led the tour along with Cynthia Kuhlman, chair of the Drew Charter School Board of Directors.

Here are some of the things we saw on Saturday’s tour.

The Charlie Yates Campus was constructed on the "back nine" of the Charlie Yates Golf Course in East Lake. It cost $55 million to construct. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

The Charlie Yates Campus was constructed on the “back nine” of the Charlie Yates Golf Course in East Lake. It cost $55 million to construct. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

This is the track and field at the Charlie Yates Campus. The track is open to the community. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

This is the track and field at the Charlie Yates Campus. The track is open to the community. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

This is the walkway between the two buildings of the Charlie Yates Campus. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

This is the walkway between the two buildings of the Charlie Yates Campus. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Laura Bollman, left, Director of Program Design and Implementation for the CF Foundation, talks to Cynthia Kuhlman, Chair of the Drew Charter School Board of Directors. Bollman led Saturday's tour of the Charlie Yates Campus. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Laura Bollman, left, Director of Program Design and Implementation for the CF Foundation, talks to Cynthia Kuhlman, Chair of the Drew Charter School Board of Directors. Bollman led Saturday’s tour of the Charlie Yates Campus. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

The public had the opportunity to see the 525 seat performing arts center at the Charlie Yates Campus. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

The public had the opportunity to see the 525-seat performing arts center at the Charlie Yates Campus. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

This is the gym at the Charlie Yates Campus. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

This is the gym at the Charlie Yates Campus. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Another view of the gym. The Charlie Yates Campus is full of tall, energy efficient windows. The school's design emphasizes conservation and energy efficiency. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Another view of the gym. The Charlie Yates Campus is full of tall, energy efficient windows. The school’s design emphasizes conservation and energy efficiency. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

A media room at the Charlie Yates Campus. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

A media room at the Charlie Yates Campus. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

The Charlie Yates Campus has lots of collaborative, interactive spaces. These stairs also serve as a place where students can gather and plug in their laptops so they can study between classes. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

The Charlie Yates Campus has lots of collaborative, interactive spaces. These stairs also serve as a place where students can gather and plug in their laptops so they can study between classes. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Cynthia Kuhlman, Chair of the Drew Charter School Board of Directors speaks during a tour of the academic building at the Charlie Yates Campus. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Cynthia Kuhlman, Chair of the Drew Charter School Board of Directors speaks during a tour of the academic building at the Charlie Yates Campus. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Another collaborative space at the Charlie Yates Campus. Note how the lockers are arranged. The Charlie Yates campus was designed to make efficient use of every square inch of the building. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Another collaborative space at the Charlie Yates Campus. Note how the lockers are arranged. The Charlie Yates Campus was designed to make efficient use of every square inch of the building. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Senior Academy Principal Peter McKnight explains some of the ideas behind the layout of a shared space at the Charlie Yates Campus. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Senior Academy Principal Peter McKnight explains some of the ideas behind the layout of a shared space at the Charlie Yates Campus. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

The Charlie Yates Campus is LEED-Gold certified. In addition to these solar panels, they students will also have access to a dashboard that will allow them to monitor the building's conservation and efficiency. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

The Charlie Yates Campus is LEED-Gold certified. In addition to these solar panels, they students will also have access to a dashboard that will allow them to monitor the building’s conservation and efficiency. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

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