ODA head of school David Mahler and board chair Ashley Kozel at the middle school building site.

The Out-of-Door Academy (ODA) has announced the it will complete the construction of its new, state-of-the-art, 13,500-square-foot facility in fall 2020. ODA's new middle school building is designed for students in grades six through eight; the structure of the building was created for and inspired by students, and incorporates findings from the latest research on how students learn best. New spaces will be built to support project-based, student-centered coursework with studios for foreign languages, humanities, multimedia, and visual arts on the second story. The ground level of the new facility will center around an open, academic commons, a new MakerSpace and a virtual reality lab. Electricity for the entire building will be generated by energy collected through solar panels; ODA's entire Lower School campus on Siesta Key is run on solar energy, and its new middle school building will begin the expansion of solar power on the Uihlein Campus in Lakewood Ranch.

The project was designed with FleischmanGarcia Architects and Willis A. Smith Corporation. Funding for the project began with three lead gifts of $1 million each.  

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