Our first-ever gymnasium, an enhanced playground, and a new Lower School library! Our goal is complete construction in November 2012. Thank you, all donors, for your generous gifts.
|Who is the construction team?|
The project manager for St. Paul's School is Mara Chase of the Rockridge Group. Paul Santen is the Construction Superintendent for Oliver & Company and he works closely with Project Manager Mark Van Velzen of Oliver & Company. Our architect is Jessica Goldbach of Pfau Long Architecture.
|What is happening with Before Care K - 8?|
Before-school care has moved to the Middle School at 262 Grand Ave. If you arrive before 7:55 a.m., please drop off your child at 262 Grand Ave. ASP staff will be with early bird students and will walk with them to the Lower School when it's time. Sixth, seventh, and eighth graders will be escorted to the Fairyland drop-off area.
|What is happening with afternoon pick-up?|
No change. Pick-up procedures remain the same, with one exception: Sixth grade and Middle School students who are not picked up at the Veterans Green at dismissal will be walked back to the Middle School and signed into the After School Program there.
|What is happening with the After School Program?|
For Lower School students, ASP will continue to be held at the Lower School. When picking up your Lower School student from ASP, please be aware that construction vehicles will likely limit the number of available parking spaces.
For sixth grade and Middle School students, ASP has moved to the Middle School at 262 Grand Ave. Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students will be at the Middle School from dismissal until 5:25 p.m., at which time they will be walked to the Lower School. From 5:30 until 6 p.m., sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students may be picked up at the Lower School.
|Where will my child have recess?|
Recess remains unchanged for students except for kindergartners, who were the only grade level to use the playground for recess. Kindergarten students will have recess on the roof, at the Veterans Green, or at Kids' Kingdom. The remaining Lower School classes will continue to use the roof for recess.
|Where will my child have PE class?|
Physical education classes that had been held on the playground or in the Casa will move to outdoor space, the Parish Hall, or the First Congregational Church, where we have rented a large indoor multipurpose room. As always, we will continue to use the Y pool for swimming and the Y gymnasium for PE for students in grades five through eight.
|Where will my child have lunch?|
Lunch on the playground was held on a rotating basis for different classes. Now, students will eat lunch on the roof, at the Veterans Green, at the Fairyland park, in the Kindergarten courtyard, at Lakeside Park, at the Green Monster, or in the Parish Hall.
|What about noise and dust?|
Construction makes noise. Most of the project will take place in the rear and uphill parts of the playground lot, with the Casa acting as a buffer. We will be receiving advance notice of the noisiest weeks and will do our best to schedule field trips or otherwise mitigate the impact. As for dust, Oliver & Co., the general contractor, is obligated to comply with local regulations concerning dust control. Our project manager, Mara Chase, will be working with Oliver & Co. to manage this aspect of the project.
How a Concrete-Filled Pier is Put Into the Ground
|To learn more, and to see the drilling and filling in action, please see the video: Construction Drilling, Jan. 5, 2012.|
|New St. Paul's Gymnasium Opens!|
By Karan A. Merry
Head of School
We are delighted to let you know that our new gymnasium and playground opened yesterday! This is truly an extraordinary accomplishment for our School. As I told the students, most of them weren't born when we began working toward making these new facilities possible.
Thank you for being part of our journey.
|St. Paul's Founders Visit Construction and Give It a Wow!|
Two of the founders of St. Paul's Episcopal School visited the construction site this week and marveled at what we have done. Rev. Carol Booth, a founding trustee, has previously toured our new Lower School library and the site of the new gym, but the tour was a first for The Rev. Canon David R. Forbes, the founding headmaster of our school in 1975.
The new Lower School library, which opened in August, earned a "wow!" from Rev. Forbes. The 5,000-square-foot gym, which is nearing completion, was a stunner. "I can't believe there is this much space," he said.
Progress is proceeding apace on the gym, which will be the first gymnasium owned by the school. Crews of carpenters, electricians, and other tradespeople swarmed the site this week pouring concrete on the new playground, installing an acoustic panel in the gym, and assembling the play structure. The scheduled completion date is some time in November.
|The New Floor Goes In for the Gymnasium!|
The smell of new wood filled the gymnasium this week as carpenters installed the floor! Right before our eyes, the gym is taking shape.
Here's an update from our contractor, Oliver & Co.
The following work is scheduled for the week of 10/4:
1) Casa stucco finish coat
2) Install wood at the fence, ball wall and HVAC roof screen on the bathroom building
3) Install maple plywood in the gym
4) Install the gym wood floor
|Construction Update Week of Sept. 17|
The new Lower School library is in full swing, with gorgeous new Mac computers now in place and Ms. Cosgrove celebrating the birthday of author Roald Dahl by sharing with third graders the Dahl quotation: "If you are going to get anywhere in life, you have to read a lot of books."
Meanwhile, back at the gymnasium, work continues.
Here's the report on this week's scheduled work from our contractor, Oliver & Co:
1) Site concrete at the dugout
2) Install the Casa lath and scratch (stucco work)
3) Install the fence tube steel
4) Seal cedar fence material
5) Install maple plywood and gsm closure in the gym
6) Install bathroom plumbing fixtures
7) Install windows in the gym
|New Lower School Library Opens Ahead of Schedule!|
Head of School Karan Merry announced at Opening Chapel that - ta da! - the new Lower School library is open, more than two months ahead of schedule. Amidst the giddiness of the first day of school, the announcement may not have registered as the momentous event that it is.
But it will. The opening of the library is a milestone of a Campus Master Plan that has been on the drawing board since 2004, and in the minds of the Board of Trustees for even longer than that. Generous contributions from past and present Trustees, parents, grandparents, faculty, and staff, along with foundations and alumni, have made it possible for the School to build the library, along with the new gymnasium that is slated to open in November, solely with philanthropic gifts. It's a laudable feat.
On Thursday, Mrs. Grossberg led her third grade students to the new library, located in the Casa building next door to the Lower School, for an inaugural visit. The extremely shiny wood floors drew the awe of the students, as did the bookcase stacks, carpeted reading area, and scattering of desks. The high-ceiling gave the room a lightness and spaciousness that instantly erased the memory of the low-ceilings in the Mezzanine, the former home of the library. Ms. Cosgrove, Lower School Librarian, asked the third graders to find the checkout desk, and they rushed to the lovely maple, low-rise desk, perfectly suited for checking out all manner of reading material.