Antigua’s Island Academy School Building
Antigua Steel Buildings
A New Home for Antigua’s Island Academy .
For more than 300 children on the island of Antigua, Allied Steel is helping to make their school a much more enjoyable place to be.
And they have Antiguan building contractor Eddie Hadeed and his family to thank for it.
Hadeed is the brother of one of the officials of the school-The Island Academy-and his sister, Bernadette Sherman, is on the Board of Directors for the school.
As a successful building contractor, Hadeed was brought on board to help the school find a new facility on the campus. Hadeed says he thought a steel building would be a good, cost-effective solution for the school’s needs.
The Island Academy is located on a nearly 18-acre plot of land on the southern end of the Caribbean island, and has been in existence since 2001. It is school is a private, non-profit institution serving a diverse student body at both the secondary and elementary levels.
Sherman says the proximity to the ocean lets the Island Academy offer a host of extra-curricular activities that would not be possible at other schools.
Hadeed says the Academy is an international baccalaureate school, which means it’s officially accredited all over the world.
The school has grown rapidly since its inception and now has more than 300 students, along with a waiting list of more than 100 others who want to get in.
In late 2004, Hadeed began searching for a new building for the school. In his research, he came across the Allied Steel building that the school ultimately purchased.
He’s been pleased with the results.
“Everything we needed, from the delivery to the design and planning, Allied Steel has been very helpful,” Hadeed says.
In keeping with the family theme, Hadeed’s wife Simone was the architect for the new space and brought an ambitious scale of varied uses for the structure.
And although Hadeed himself is a building contractor, he says the school hired a different local contractor for construction of the facility. “We can’t have all of our family doing it,” he says with a laugh.
The 10,000-square-foot building will serve a wide variety of uses for the school, Sherman says.
“We’re going to use this new building for a music room, part of it will be a library and we’ll put in some hardwood flooring and use it for a gymnasium,” Sherman says. “This is such a great addition to what the school can offer.”
Hadeed says he appreciated working with Allied Steel.
“They were great to work with and really helped us out with all elements of the project,” Hadeed says. “The building is perfect, the price was right, and they did a great job of helping us get this building from the port in Miami to the port here in Antigua. Everything about it has been satisfactory.”
Sherman, for one is excited about the 2005-06 school year with the new building.
“We’re so thrilled and it will take our school and unify it. The building is large and this is a well thought-out space,” she says. “We’re very excited about it and plan to be very creative in the building.”