Milwaukee – (June 7, 2022) – Victory Christian Academy (VCA); a Milwaukee-based provider of K–12 education to low-income families in the greater Milwaukee area emphasizing academic excellence, multiculturalism, character development and continuous learning; has announced its plans to build a new 30,000 square-foot ultramodern gymnasium and new class space at 2840 S. 10th Street Milwaukee, WI 53215. The project will include expanded technology centers, new cafeteria facilities and the re-design of a parking lot for the new space. Construction could start as early as September 2022. VCA is planning for all of its K – 12 grades to start using the new building in time for next year’s school year, or starting in August 2023. VCA will be adding the 12th grade and will provide K-12 education for the first time for the community in August 2023. VCA is working with Milwaukee-based Abacus Architects, and has unveiled the initial internal and external renderings of its new gymnasium and class space. T&R Investments, LLC is the project developer.
VCA was founded in 1999 by Vyon Rogers to provide exemplary education to low-income families in the greater Milwaukee area emphasizing academic excellence, multiculturalism, character development and continuous learning. VCA uses professional coaching and mentorship strategies that support its students, and provide the tools needed to become highly equipped for the world they live in. Many of VCA’s alumni are catalysts for positive change in Milwaukee. Currently, VCA provides classes and activities for its students out of two separate buildings at 6021 W Lincoln Avenue, West Allis, WI 53219 and 2840 S 10th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53215. VCA is currently exceeding its capacity and is continuing to grow.
The new project will provide the additional capacity VCA needs, allow it to combine both of its campuses, and provide quality athletic facilities for its students and for a community in need. The new gymnasium marks the first time VCA students will have access to this type of facility in the 23 years of the existence of the school. This new building will allow VCA to gather all of its approximately 250 students on one campus when needed. VCA plans to use the new building to provide athletics, physical education classes, afterschool activities, and as an auditorium for large school events, etc. VCA will also establish a hydroponics center in the new building, which will provide training and new jobs for students, as well as allow the school to provide a farmers market to the community.
In addition, the new ultramodern gymnasium will be qualified to host AAU Basketball Tournaments. Currently there is an extremely low supply in Milwaukee of quality facilities such as this one for the major tournaments that come each year.
“At Victory Christian Academy, we endeavor to develop leaders and entrepreneurs in Milwaukee and its neighboring communities,” said D.L. Rogers, Victory Christian Academy board president. “We are expanding our collaborative partnerships with neighborhood organizations and local businesses to help shape our students as pacesetters for impacting their communities. We believe this should intrinsically happen on an organic, grassroots level where our students model family values through academic excellence.”
VCA has secured an initial loan but there are currently no grants supporting the project. Because of supply chain issues, VCA was recently informed that the total estimated costs for the project will be an additional estimated $1.5 million. VCA is in the process of securing these additional funds.
In addition, VCA also has plans to remodel its’ existing building at 2840 S 10th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53215. These plans involve improving the learning environment by removing the walls of two kindergarten rooms on the first floor to increase the square footage for teaching, including bathrooms in each of these rooms and on the second floor, removing coatrooms to increase the space for classrooms and build cabinets for the classrooms. There are also plans to resurface the parking lot, etc.
About Victory Christian Academy (VCA)
Victory Christian Academy is a Milwaukee-based provider of K–12 education to low-income families in the greater Milwaukee area emphasizing academic excellence, multiculturalism, character development and continuous learning. Founded in 1999 by Vyon Rogers, VCA uses proven learning strategies and supports its students with the tools they need to become highly equipped for the world they live in. Many of VCA’s alumni are a catalysts for positive change in Milwaukee. For more information on VCA, visit https://www.vcaschool.org.
About Abacus Architects
With offices in both Milwaukee and Sheboygan, Abacus Architects, Inc. is a full-service firm deeply committed to enhancing human lives and enterprises through the practice of architecture. It applies its expertise in architecture, civil engineering, interior design, lean concepts and consulting, master planning, facility and site studies, and construction administration to help our clients maximize their success. Offering large-firm resources with small-firm attention, it partners with clients to create projects that have meaning. For more information, visit https://www.abacusarchitects.net.
About T&R Investments, LLC
T&R Investments, LLC is a full-service real estate investor and property management company. Owner Rafael Garcia has 19 years of experience leading nonprofit organizations to achieving strategic objectives and operational goals, and has a deep understanding of nonprofit sector culture, operations and challenges.