- What is Mark Day School proposing?
- What is the purpose of the project?
- Why are we having a capital campaign now? How has Mark Day School arrived at this project?
- How much will the construction of the Learning Commons and improvements to the amphitheater and quad going to cost? How does the school intend to pay for this?
- Why are we building on land we don't own?
- When will construction start and how long will it last?
- Is the project incorporating green design and other sustainable features?
- Will the new space mean that more students will be enrolled?
- The front of the school is changing--what will it be used for?
- What is the difference between the Annual Fund and the Capital Campaign?
- Are you also raising money for endowment?
- What was the impact of the last campaign?
- What will happen to the students during construction?
- Will this project impact Mark Day School's ability to offer tuition assistance?
We are seeking to enhance our 50-year-old campus by creating a Learning Commons and Creativity Lab. The new, 11,270-square-foot building will serve as a 21st-century learning center for students in our K-8 school as well as replace office space for staff. We will also reimagine the outdoor amphitheater and renovate the quad.
This project will enable students to learn the skills they need in today's world: to create, to collaborate, to access information and resources in depth, to filter the massive amounts of information available and transform it into meaningful knowledge, to use technology effectively and seamlessly, and more. Our goals for the project can be described in these categories:
Learning Commons: Today, all students need access to many different resources--traditional print materials such as books and periodicals, electronic and online texts, and other forms of electronic media. In a K-8 school, there is a wide range of developmental and intellectual maturity, which leads to the need for a wide range of developmentally appropriate materials. To create an all-inclusive learning environment, we have designed a space that is flexible, adaptable for student collaboration and other styles of learning, and that contains the collection, technology, and other resources that students and teachers use daily in our program.
Creativity Lab: Increasingly, research reveals the impact of hands-on student discovery and building on the depth and durability of student learning. Our 50-year-old campus is well cared for but lacks the flexible spaces and tools--such as 3D printers, laser cutters, and others--that will aid students undertaking this kind of work on a sustained basis across the K-8 program.
Staff space: Several staff offices that are being displaced by the Learning Commons and Creativity Lab will be placed within the new building. All office spaces within the other existing academic buildings are being utilized and will continue to be utilized.
Amphitheater: The new amphitheater rethinks the vital space from the ground up, creating a totally new design and experience for our community. The amphitheater will sit on the same location, but will be rotated 180 degrees so that the audience faces into the center of our campus. The use of the new space will be used for drama and musical performances, public speaking and assemblies, special events and graduation.
Quad: The vision for the new quad encompasses all the space between our classroom wings. With a totally new layout, fresh landscaping, and redesigned spaces, we will turn the now underutilized quad into a hub of activity on tomorrow's campus. Highlights include a new "green" play area, a water feature, two new sections of tables, and open space and seating that will give teachers new options for outdoor projects and small group work.
With a lease extension from the Dixie School District securing permanence at our campus until at least 2045, and plans to extend it even further, our community partnered with the architectural firm Starkweather Bondy to create a needs assessment for our campus. Community input from students, faculty, and parents took place during the 2012-13 school year. The Board adopted the findings of the needs assessment in May 2013.
In December 2013, our Board of Trustees voted on and approved an $11 million budget for these new construction and upgrade projects. The initiative will be funded through a combination of community philanthropy and financing. The specific amounts coming from these two components will ultimately be determined by the school's ability to secure lead philanthropic gifts from the school community. The more we can raise philanthropically toward this initiative, the less debt we take on.
The annual fund and the capital campaign support distinct, but equally important, purposes that enable Mark Day School to fulfill its mission. Simply stated, an annual fund provides "money to live by." A capital campaign provides "money to build on." The capital campaign is an intensive, multiyear fundraising effort to secure gifts and pledges to support campus, facility, and technology improvements that will allow us to build upon our strong and broad curriculum. Our 50-year-old campus and buildings constrain the impact of our programs and the day-to-day classroom experience. The capital campaign has a defined lifespan, with a beginning and an end.
As we transform our campus, we will also continue the vital work of building our endowment to support students, families, teachers, and programs at Mark Day School every day. Our endowment is our Fund for the Future, and each year it generates reliable funding for that needed support.
Both our gymnasium and the arts and sciences building are the result of a successful $3.5 million capital campaign in 2001-3. Our community came together to support these improvements to our campus, and we see the impact of their dedication and commitment every day. We are building upon the dedication of those who came before us.