Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future: The Schoolhouse Project By Franz ColloredoMansfeld ’81, P’09,’13,’15
Groton’s Board of Trustees approves a renovation to bring the Schoolhouse into the 21st century and beyond.
his April, after more than five years of discussion and planning, Groton’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to undertake one of the most ambitious building projects in the school’s history. Recognizing the Schoolhouse as the heart of the School, a powerful symbol of Groton’s mission and values, the board moved cautiously and deliberately to enhance the role of the Schoolhouse as the center of academic life on the Circle through the 21st century. The improved building will not only endure, but will position Groton to adapt nimbly to the needs of the future. The Schoolhouse project will make the following improvements—all directly related to the broad goals of our strategic plan—to this beloved edifice by September of 2015: Build and integrate a new state-of-the-art STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) facility, satisfying today’s increasing need for quantitative literacy n Renovate many existing classrooms and construct new spaces for the humanities, music, and shop n Create a new, research-oriented library available to students and faculty during the school day n Construct new and improved areas for socializing and individual and group study, and flexible spaces that will inspire learning and creativity—spaces that will foster collaboration, another important 21st-century skill n Reduce energy costs by incorporating sustainable building processes and technology into the Schoolhouse and the addition n Preserve iconic facades and interior spaces: the Schoolroom, Gardner Room, Edward B. Gammons Recital Hall, and many original classrooms n
Undoubtedly, this to-do list will make many sit up in their chairs. Tinkering with the Schoolhouse is not to be taken lightly. Exactly what do all these changes mean?
26 | Quarterly Spring 2013
Groton School Quarterly, Spring 2013