erstad ARCHITECTS has been working with Sage International School since 2013 in the transformation of an existing 85,500 S.F. shopping mall into a modern Charter School. Phase I of the project included grades 3 thru 8 covering 31,500 S.F. The central axis was utilized as the main hallway with existing atrium/skylight above. Vibrant colored walls and fun patterned carpet tiles enhance the youthful atmosphere. The design includes flexible classrooms and breakout spaces and was planned to seamlessly incorporate the Phase II expansion to house all grades K through 12, which was completed in 2016. The old bank lot nearby was transformed into a playing field to tie the new location into an existing Sage campus. In November of 2014, ABC News included the project in a feature on extreme makeovers of vacant mall space in the US.