The Open Range

With partners such as the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation and the nonprofit Bluum, Building Hope is breaking educational ground in a region of widely dispersed spaces, where the lines between urban and rural communities are blurred.

Regional Highlights

Communities in Idaho and the West are often remote and diffused. Building Hope’s work helps to bring them together.

  • We have created nearly 888,000 square feet of space to serve 12,500 students.
  • We’ve found innovative solutions to questions of location and space.
  • We are fostering diverse school communities and new attitudes toward education.

problem solvers

Building Hope has always been adaptable, and they have great expertise…. They’re working to solve problems sometimes before I’m even aware they exist.

Jason Bransford
Founder & CEO, Gem Innovation Schools, Idaho

Completed Projects

Highlighted below are just a few of our completed projects in the region. If you are interested in working with Building Hope, please get in touch with our regional manager.  

Regional Manager

Dru Damico

Dru Damico

President, Building Hope real Estate

Dru is responsible for oversight and management of all Building Hope Real Estate investment opportunities in educational facilities. He joined Building Hope in 2015 with 20 years’ experience in community-based development; real estate; and construction of charter school, retail, and entertainment projects. He has been an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Rowland Hall School. Dru holds a B.S. in Management Information Systems from Fairfield University.


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