Vertus Charter School


Vertus Charter School

Project Architect/Engineer:
Hanlon Architects

Rochester, NY

Project Cost:



Vertus Charter School had been looking to find a long-term location for their school for a few years. Vertus signed a lease with 21 Humboldt LLC in 2015 with the vision of converting old Harris industrial space into classrooms and a Section 5 gymnasium.  Hanlon Architects was hired to create the transformation of industrial space into a school environment. Spoleta Construction was hired in April 2016, by the property owner, with a difficult task of converting 50,000 square foot old industrial space into a Charter School facility with a Section 5 gymnasium, locker rooms, showers, and cafeteria to be completed in five months, so the school could start for the fall semester.

The project started with a month of the heavy demolition of old mechanical systems, industrial electrical chases, bathroom, masonry walls, and flooring. Once the spaces were gutted to open shell space the Spoleta team and their sub-contractors started to building interior walls and new masonry walls for the gymnasium, new electrical runs, ADA bathrooms, new mechanicals and new lighting.  Skylights and windows were added to bring natural light into the large interior rooms.  After five months of construction, the City of Rochester issued the certificate of occupancy and Vertus Charter School moved into their new facility.  This project was a success.

“We had a major challenge for our innovative public charter school – we needed a new facility and found a great 48,000 square foot industrial building that needed to be fully renovated from an old warehouse to a prep school within 4 months so we could start school on time.

The folks at Spoleta, especially Jack Ellis, Michael Spoleta, and David Spoleta, took great care of us with every detail and exceeded our expectations in terms of time and quality. Our newly renovated space reflects the high expectations we have for our students both academically and in their character and we have the Spoleta team to thank for that. Plus they love the brand new gym made just for them.”

Jason Mellen-COO
Vertus High School