Hord Coplan Macht is working with this 1260-student St. Paul’s Episcopal PK-12 day school located within an established residential community. Founded in 1940, the school hired Hord Coplan Macht to help them better align their facilities with their mission and curriculum. Citing strong divisional identity, and an adherence to their “Four Pillars” – Academics, Arts, Athletics and Spirituality – the school desired to create appropriate spaces for educating the whole child.
Through a series of multi-day, on-site meetings and workshops, the team developed a variety of options that addressed the facility issues – aging infrastructure, outdated spaces, and limited resources. With a careful eye on the school’s ability to take on capital work in manageable segments, the plan was developed to meet the various phasing and logistical issues, while also focusing on the ultimate updated campus arrangement. How to better use existing open space, and how to respect beloved buildings and outdoors areas, and ultimately how to create a new sense of “place” all influenced the final option.
The goals of the master plan were threefold. First, to create a vibrant campus setting; second, to enhance the learning community; and third, to implement a manageable and flexible plan.
The first phase of the campus plan places a new Student Center at the heart of the campus, creating an iconic building that welcomes visitors and provides a 21st Century environment for student services, common spaces, and a new dining hall. Later phases of the plan call for a new athletic center, a new Upper School, an expanded and renovated Middle School, and a new Intermediate School.