Athlos Academies celebrated their grand opening and ribbon cutting event on Friday, June 30. Close to 300 attendees gathered on the court of the newly renovated space to hear remarks from Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and Athlos Academies Co-Founders Jason Kotter and Ryan Van Alfen before a ribbon cutting, building tours, and a raffle.
“It says so much about this organization and what they are about, that they were able to see this through and not just to some completion but to this grand space,” said Mayor Bieter. “On top of that, having this in your city makes it so much easier to push people higher, to raise the bar on all of us to build great spaces in our city because it’s part of what it means to be a great city and to be a livable city.”
The fully-renovated Athlos Academies headquarters reimagines the historical CC Anderson building in downtown Boise. Built in 1927, the CC Anderson building has become a staple in downtown Boise. It has undergone multiple reinventions, from its first transition to the Bon Marche Department store in 1963, to the former Macy’s building, to the now completely reimagined Athlos Academies headquarters.
The updated facility now serves as the home office for Athlos employees, as well as a state-of-the-art training facility and educational hub for teachers and coaches nationwide. The headquarters hosted more than 50 school leaders, teachers, and staff from partner schools June 26-30 as part of the annual Summer Institute. Participants spent the four-day conference gaining insights into the implementation of the innovative Athlos approach. In addition to networking with experts in the field, participants learned strategies to support and impact quality teaching and governing.
“This space now serves as more than a home for our Boise employees; it serves as a training facility for our school partners across the nation and a space where we can further pioneer new ways to serve students,” Van Alfen said. “We look forward to being a part of this downtown Boise community, and are excited to find new ways to use this facility to foster community partnerships and engagement.”
Check out the Summer Institute photo gallery.