Building Our Future
Distinctive Learning Environment
While it's true that learning can take place just about anywhere, students and faculty thrive when they work in spaces that fully support innovative and creative academic programming. As part of the Strategic Plan process, the school community expressed a desire to ensure we continue to offer our students a distinctive and sustainable learning environment.
A Three-Phased Plan to Meet Strategic Priorities
The Board of Trustees approved a long-range master facilities plan to create a distinctive and innovative learning environment, strengthen community, and prepare students for a fast-changing global society. These capital projects surfaced as priorities:
Purdy Center for Science and Mathematics (New Upper School Math/Science Building)
Dowd Student Center (New Upper and Lower School Student Center, includes Dawson Dining Hall and Michelle and Mike Bailey Upper School Dining Hall)
Hance Lower School Learning Center (includes Extended Day)
John and Claudia Belk Upper School Learning Center (includes the Mattei Family Library and Media Center)
Endowment (to support program, financial aid, faculty professional development, and operations)
Continued strength of the Country Day Fund
Construction of Purdy Center for Science and Mathematics and Hance Lower School Learning Center
January 2017—Board of Trustees approves Phase I construction
May 2017—The College Counseling Office and Campus Book Store move out of Cramer Annex into temporary buildings adjacent to the Hance Fine Arts Center; the Senior Lounge moves temporarily to a classroom in Cramer Hall.
June 2017—Barrier fencing in place, Cramer Annex building torn down, and construction begins on Purdy Center; barrier fencing in place, site work started, and construction of Hance Lower School Learning Center begins. New temporary school foot and vehicle traffic patterns in place for community safety.
Summer 2018—Upper School science and math programs move into new Purdy Center; Lower School programs move into the new Hance Lower School Learning Center.
Projected Phase II
Renovation of current Upper and Lower School Learning Centers into Dowd Student Center (cafeteria and new academic area)
ANTICIPATED GROUNDBREAKING—JUNE 2018
January 2018—Board of Trustees approves Phase II construction
Summer 2018—Upper School library is relocated temporarily to Hance Fine Arts Center
Summer 2018—Renovation begins
Fall 2019—New dining spaces open for students, College Counseling Office, Campus Store, and Senior Lounge move into Dowd Student Center
Projected Phase III
Renovation of current cafeteria space into new John and Claudia Belk Upper School Learning Center
ANTICIPATED GROUNDBREAKING—JUNE 2019
The planned enhancements to campus facilities are a significant commitment in ensuring Country Day remains at the forefront in delivering an exceptional education for our students, both now and in the future, through innovative and creating learning spaces. I am grateful to be part of a community that embraces our collective commitment to our students and our school. MARK REED, HEAD OF SCHOOL
The new Purdy Center for Science and Mathematics and the Hance Lower School Learning Center build on what's best about life and learning at Country Day. These future-ready learning spaces reframe Cannon Campus for the challenges our students face today, while providing students and teachers with what they need to take the lead and launch successful futures.
New home for the media center, Extended Day, and Educational Resources. Opened in August 2018.
State-of-the-art academic building drives innovative instruction and student research. Opened in August 2018.
New academic learning space to include the Mattei Family Library and Media Center. Anticipated Groundbreaking: June 2019.
Margaret E. Gragg Endowment for Professional Development and Bissell Faculty Salary Endowment Funds
If you have any questions about capital giving at Country Day, please contact:
Lauren Batten, Director of Advancement
(704) 943-4539 | E-mail