On the morning of October 28th, 2019, Pythagoras Academy Board of Directors held a briefing session on the status of the new campus project of Pythagoras Academy. Founding directors, Anne Yu and Winfred Liu, concisely described the location, the permitting process, financing and the schedule of the project.
The new 10-acre campus of Pythagoras Academy is on No. 5 Road between Williams Road and King Road in Richmond. It’s easily accessible by bus, highway 99 or local roads. It is about a 10 minute drive southeast of our current Odlin campus location.
The new facilities will accommodate approximately 1,000 students from junior kindergarten to grade 12 with a full range of teaching and event facilities. The new school building contains a lot of common-use learning space, a large gymnasium with a sliding divider wall, a 400-seat, state-of-the-art performance theatre, a commercial kitchen, a 500-seat cafeteria, an artificial turf, full size outdoor soccer field, three tennis courts, basketball courts, running track, a cozy, outdoor performance venue, children’s play areas, a covered outdoor activity area, plus more.
The cost of the land, its development, facility construction and fitting out is estimated to be $106 million which will be funded by the founders’ team, investors and bank loans. Anne Yu said that naming of the theatre, the gymnasium and the soccer field is all open for sponsorship from any interested parents.
Winfred Liu, director of this development/construction project, informed parents of progress of permitting at the City of Richmond and Agricultural Land Commission. The project is currently on schedule to be delivered and ready for the September term of 2022.
The two founding directors also explained the transition plan for the school from now until September 2022. In addition to the four learning-pod classrooms that have been completed this summer, the school will add six more such classrooms in the summer of 2020 and 2021 at which time the school will reach a total of about 400 students from junior kindergarten to grade 9.
Towards the end of the session, the two directors answered a series of questions from parents present, indicating that they will periodically update parents on the development/construction of our new campus in the coming three years.