LaScala Transforms Temperance Road School Building
LaScala embraces the concept of innovation with our recent purchase of a former school – transforming it into an office to accommodate our continued growth.
Is there anything more important than innovation in the realm of information technology? Businesses that embrace technological innovation are able to better exchange information, make informed decisions, and ultimately, better serve their customers. LaScala has always embraced innovation – helping our clients leverage digital technologies to achieve their organizational objectives. Now, we’re taking innovation to the next level with our recent purchase of a former school with plans to transform it into an office to accommodate our continued growth.
What Attracted LaScala to the Temperance Road School Building?
Temperance Road Elementary School is roughly 48,000-square-feet – giving us enough space to accommodate our current and future employees. As a growing technology services provider, we’ve outgrown our old building – a 1,454-square-foot location that was running low on parking space for our personnel. On June 6, 2019, the board of education approved the sale, which in turn, enabled the district to incorporate the sale price back into their annual budget as they’re no longer required to maintain the building and grounds.
The sale is truly a win-win situation that saves the district approximately $40,000 to $60,000 annually in costs associated with owning the school. LaScala and Bedford School District worked with Bedford Township officials to rezone the property. Gregory LaScala, President and CEO, mentioned his plans to make sure the purchase doesn’t impact those in the community. He explained, “we’re going to do it right. We’ll be conscious of the neighbors. It’s going to be a professional setting and the traffic will be far less than what was there when it was a school.”
Supt. Dr. Carl Shultz expressed his thoughts on the former school sale, “the key for the district was we wanted to make sure we found something that matched the community and not take away from the community but add value for the neighbors. It’s great news for us! For me, I think it’s a win-win.”
What Does LaScala Have Planned for the Temperance Road School Building?
LaScala is currently preparing to move into a semi-renovated 6,000-square-foot space of the building to start. Keith Kohler from Kohler Architecture will serve as the architect for the project with plans to find a general contractor as soon as possible. Although nothing is set in stone, we have many ideas for the building and the vision is beginning to unfold.
Gregory LaScala explained, “conceptually, we’d like the building to promote innovation and collaboration with an open feel, a lot of natural light, and having a few offices and conference rooms strategically placed. We’re also kicking around ideas, such as having a cybersecurity training center, a cyber range, a workout facility, a data center, using the existing basketball gym, an outside work area, a cafe, a virtual reality room, and a game room with a pool table, ping pong, etc.”
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