Palisades Episcopal School is building a home court advantage for its teams, along with a school gathering place and events venue.
The Steele Creek school announced plans May 13 for a new gymnasium during an event for parents. Construction will begin in early fall. Opening should follow 10 months later.
No stranger to athletic facilities, former Carolina Panther and school parent Jordan Gross was the co-chairman of fundraising efforts that raised more than $1 million for construction. Gross said he’s “happy to be a part of the team that helped turn this vision into a reality.”
“This is the culmination of a dream we have had for Palisades Episcopal School since we became a part of the school four years ago,” he said.
Leaders expect plenty of use for the gym. The school can hold assemblies there. Teams can compete there. The school now rents off-site gym space for its middle school athletics.
“Having gym space on campus will not only save (the school) money, but it will build school spirit and camaraderie as all families will find it convenient to attend sporting events and cheer on our athletes,” said Rusy Menchaca, athletic director.
Kerin Hughes, head of school, sees the gym as part of the school’s mission in honoring Christ and “providing a classical education challenging the mind, body and spirit.”
“With this new gym, we will be able to more effectively fulfill this mission,” she said.
ADW Architects and contractor Edifice Inc. are working on the project.
Palisades Episcopal is an independent day school offering pre-K through eighth grade in The Palisades development near Lake Wylie.