The Kessler School started construction this week on its renovation of the former Calvary Baptist Church on West Tenth Street.

The school plans to move its campus to the 98-year-old church and an eduction annex built in 1953.

The first phase of construction includes “restoration of the original neoclassical architecture, updates to interior spaces to better allow for personalized education and technology, construction of a forest-themed library, improvements to points of entry, and the addition of sports fields, playgrounds, interior courtyard and other landscaped outdoor spaces.”

The new campus could open this fall.

Asbestos abatement and interior demolition have already been completed.

Cooper Jensen Contractors of Fort Worth is serving as the project’s General Contractor. OBMI is the project architect. Eliza Solender is The Kessler School’s real estate broker and consultant.

“Our new campus will allow The Kessler School to continue to build on our success in creating a ‘Southern Star’ of private education in Dallas that reflects the diverse, creative, progressive Oak Cliff community,” Head of School Vanessa Ullmann stated in a media release.