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Florida Retirement Community to Expand K–8, High Schools

The Villages in Central Florida, one of the largest retirement communities in the nation, recently announced the expansion of The Villages Charter School to include new facilities for its high school, K–8 school, and Early Learning Center, according to a news release. The schools serve children of residents who work at various businesses within the community. The community is partnering with Matern Professional Engineering for the project’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing services, the news release reports.


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Upgrades to the high school will include a four-story media tower; a sports complex; theater; and specialized classrooms for computer science, fine arts, business, and engineering, the news release reports, for a total of 383,961 square feet. The K­–8 school will cover 247,946 square feet and include distinct spaces for elementary-aged and middle-school-aged students. The sports complex will feature facilities for football, basketball, swimming, and more.

“We are excited to contribute to a project that will provide unparalleled educational facilities for this community,” said Tad Rivenbark, Director of the Matern Construction Administration Department. “Our team is focused on delivering innovative engineering solutions that meet the highest standards of quality and sustainability. This project is a testament to our commitment to excellence and our dedication to supporting the communities we serve.”

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