A group of young children dressed in hard hats and safety vests gathered with school administrators Tuesday to mark the "topping-off" of construction on Tapestry Charter School's new elementary school building in North Buffalo.
The children and staff watched as the final beam – signed by all the kindergarten through fifth-grade students – was raised atop the three-story structure at 111 Great Arrow Ave., a former industrial site.
"The final steel beam being erected today serves as a great symbol of Tapestry's bright future," Executive Director Eric Klapper said. "Our construction is progressing well, and we are on time and on budget to open our doors in August."
The 60,000-square-foot building, located adjacent to the school's current campus, will contain K-5 classrooms, a full-sized gymnasium, a cafeteria, a library, a state-of-the-art dance studio, a lab for science, technology, engineering and math, and dedicated space for visual arts, music and theatre.
Workers broke ground on the project last August, and officials said it's expected to be completed in time for the next school year. Besides the building, the project also includes a multi-use athletic field.
Klapper also said the school is adding a fourth kindergarten class of 20 students, with two teachers, to reduce the class size to a competitive 10-to-1 ratio. The school will hold an open house at 9 a.m. on Feb. 9 at 65 Great Arrow.