Construction is underway and in each issue of Cougar Tracks we’ll update you on our progress, share what is coming up next, and provide a Q&A. These will be high level updates; anything that is urgent or will impact students will be shared in Nuts & Bolts (like parking arrangements).
Athletic & Wellness:
The steel has arrived! You may have noticed the yellow crane visible from River Road which arrived on campus to place the steel. As the steel is placed, each joint is then bolted and welded. The building has really started to take shape, and the retaining wall facing the turf field is complete. Before the end of December the crew plans to pour the concrete deck for the Movement Room.
We get questions on the sidelines of games, at assemblies, meetings, and when you call and ask. Here are a few we have received in recent weeks:
Q: When will the Athletic & Wellness Center be finished?
A: If all remains on schedule the building will be ready for use by November in 2019!
Q: When will the construction for the Science & Innovation Center begin?
A: We plan on starting demolition after basketball season finishes, so March of 2019.
About the Thinking Forward Campaign
The Thinking Forward Campaign supports the construction of the Athletic & Wellness Center, Science & Innovation Center, gifts to The Derryfield Fund (formerly named the Annual Fund), and Endowment. It is an $8.3 million campaign, of which we’ve raised $5.8 million. The needs of the school were identified through our NEASC re-accreditation process, strategic planning, and a master facilities plan (MFP). When complete, the MFP will “right-size” our campus to meet our academic needs, not to expand our student body. The current campaign addresses a piece of the needs identified in the MFP. When this campaign is complete, we will continue to work through the MFP, which includes projects like building a Dining Commons, renovation of the Upper School, and more. For more information, please reach out to Anna Moskov, Director of Advancement at email@example.com