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:
New Upper School Math/Science Building (The Purdy Center for Science and Mathematics)
New Upper and Lower School Student Center with Cafeteria (Dowd Student Center)
New Upper and Lower School Learning Centers to include Extended Day
Endowment (to support program, financial aid, faculty professional development, and operations)
Continued strength of the Annual Fund
Construction of Purdy Center for Science and Mathematics and 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; th—Summer Programs relocated to Bissell Campus.
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 Lower School Learning Center begins.
June 2017—New temporary school foot and vehicle traffic patterns in place for community safety.
May 2018—Upper School science and math programs move into new Purdy Center; Lower School programs move into the new Lower School Learning Center.
Projected Phase II
Anticipated June 2018–August 2019*
Renovation of current Upper and Lower School Learning Centers into Dowd Student Center (cafeteria and new academic area)
January 2018—Board of Trustees approves Phase II construction
May 2018—Upper School library is relocated temporarily to Pell Hall
June 2018—Renovation begins
August 2019—New dining spaces open for students
August 2019—College Counseling Office, Campus Book Store, and Senior Lounge move into Dowd Student Center
Projected Phase III
Anticipated June 2019–August 2020*
Renovation of current cafeteria space into new Upper School Learning Center
*Assuming philanthropic support continues.