Pacific Building Group crowns new Access Youth Academy building

An artist rendering shows an interior scene of the new Access Youth Academy. Image courtesy of the academy.

Pacific Building Group lifted the final beam to ‘cover’ a steel-framed building for Access the Youth Academy On Monday in southeast San Diego, the 21,000 square foot structure with eight squash courts took one step closer to completion.

The structure, located at 704 Euclid Ave., will support the academic, business and athletic activities of the Youth Development Organization – an official affiliate of the American squash community.

“We are honored to build a grassroots facility that will help Access Youth Academy in its mission to transform the lives of underserved youth through college mentorship and urban squash,” said Jim Roherty, President of Pacific Building Group.

Scheduled to open in June 2021 and serve 1,300 or more students, the two-story structure will have a glazed entrance and an open reception and lounge.

The north wing will house seven European-designed single squash courts and one doubles court, changing rooms, showers and toilets. The southern part of the building will include two classrooms, storage space, support spaces and a space divided by removable partitions that will contain a computer lab, a college preparation room and a teaching space on the ground floor. – floor.

The plans also include a 1,000 square foot open gallery and awards space, 12 open offices and two private offices, a large conference room, a kitchen / break room and a staff restroom. A 140-foot walkway with benches will serve as an observation platform for squash matches and a social space. The face of the podium will bear the names of the graduates of the Access Youth Academy. The facility will open onto a concrete courtyard with additional seating, viewing spaces and social spaces alongside a new 36-car parking lot.

Founded in 2006, Access Youth Academy offers students a 12-year program of intellectual, physical and social development. Students participate in the Access Youth Academy after-school program from grade seven to high school graduation, are supported throughout their college years, and receive two years of post-graduate support when they enter the marketplace. job.

Access Youth Academy has recently been named the official affiliate of the squash community in the United States. This is the third facility – and the first on the West Coast – to receive this accreditation.

“Access Youth Academy is very excited about this new university and sports facility,” said Renato Paiva, Executive Director of Access Youth Academy.

“It will serve as a resource for the entire Southeastern San Diego community and allow Access to serve more first-generation college students and provide community classrooms for educational services, preparation for the workforce and information. We also hope to increase awareness and participation in the exciting sport of squash, ”he said.

– City information service

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