IMG Academy Set to Begin Academic Center Expansion in March 2019
IMG Academy will break ground on March 11, 2019 on a planned 30,000 sq. ft. expansion of the Academic Center. The additional space will give student-athletes, faculty, campers and adult guests more access to the latest resources and tools that support and expand the curriculum. The new wing is estimated to be completed by January 2020.
"This addition demonstrates IMG Academy's commitment to our academics by both enhancing and expanding upon our current program," Chris Locke, IMG Academy Head of School said. "We place as much of an emphasis on our academics as our athletics, and this additional space provides new opportunities for our campus."
The expansion is to accommodate a growing student body and will include three floors of additional classrooms, meeting areas, and offices. The additional space will allow for the expansion of the curriculum and include classrooms with retractable walls for additional designated exam and meeting spaces and more standard classrooms. The plans also call for the inclusion of makerspace; collaborative hands-on work areas for students to interact with hi-tech to low-tech tools to bring their ideas to life.
Within the second floor, there will be a fully functional broadcast production learning studio. Students will be able to learn the ins and outs of broadcast production in front of and behind the camera with access to cameras, green screen, stage lighting, editing software, and more.
A complete English Language Center for adults will also be added to the Academic Center in a separate wing. A computer lab, classrooms, offices, and more will make up the area and will aid in the transition process to the United States for international families and adults.
"Our goal is to create an environment where you can grow, develop, and thrive as you transition towards being a collegiate student-athlete," Locke said.