Owen-Ames-Kimball Company (O-A-K) has broken ground on a Creative World School in Gateway, located at 11961 Fairway Lakes Drive in Fort Myers.

Owners Amy and Chris O’Malley are excited to be opening their third Creative World School franchise in Gateway. The 13,000-square-foot school will be opening in January 2018 and is able to accommodate up to 250 students, featuring a preschool for ages 3 months through 5 years and a before- and after-school program for students ages 6 to 10 years. It will include age level appropriate classrooms, kitchen, offices and multiple outdoor play areas.

“Chris and I are extremely excited to be building our new school in Gateway,” Amy O’Malley said. “We have already experienced a warm welcome from many families in the area and look forward to being active members of this great community.”

O-A-K will oversee construction management services for the project, led by Matt Hoffman as full-time project manager and superintendent, Abel Natali as estimator, Matt Zwack as chief safety officer, Mike Woods as general superintendent, and Dave Dale as principal-in-charge. The architect on the project is Michael Patterson with Architects Interiors, Inc. and the site civil engineer is AE Site.

Creative World School is committed to the highest educational standards and is proud to have earned System Accreditation through AdvancED. AdvancED is the largest accrediting body in the world, and its rigorous review process ensures that only the best Early and Elementary Education schools receive the AdvancED seal. Creative World School’s values of leadership investment, exacting policies and procedures, and educational excellence have earned the highest level of approval from this esteemed accrediting body.

Creative World School is looking to hire 35 team members for this new school. To learn more, visit www.CreativeWorldSchool.com.

Owen-Ames-Kimball Company has provided premier general contracting, design-build, and construction management services in Southwest Florida since 1982. O-A-K’s Florida operation is an affiliate of its parent company located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Florida operation has offices in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties. Its Lee County office is located at 11941 Fairway Lakes Drive in Fort Myers. Learn more about O-A-K at www.owen-ames-kimball.com.