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Campus Master Plan - The Vision

The Board of Trustees has approved the basic design and vision for a new campus Master Plan for Stone Ridge. The Master Plan is designed to address critical needs for Stone Ridge identified via multiple processes over the past four years: the Strategic Plan, the SHCOG process, multiple parent and community surveys, and significant study by the School's Administration and Board of Trustees.

This ambitious and innovative plan is the culmination of years of hard work and research, and Head of School Catherine Ronan Karrels '86, the Board of Trustees, and the School's Administration are thrilled to share it with the community!

We welcome your thoughts and comments. Please submit them to masterplan@stoneridgeschool.org.

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1 · Key Points

The main components of the plan include:

  • Click to enlarge SR Illustrative PlanImproved and modernized academic spaces for all three divisions.
  • New performing arts center to house the music and drama departments.
  • New cafeteria/event space, integrated with the performing arts center, serving all three divisions.
  • Improved field spaces, with two regulation fields for soccer/field hockey/lacrosse, a new softball field, a track, and a practice field.
  • Connected gyms and aquatic center, providing for newer and bigger locker rooms, a new weight room with a climbing wall, concession areas, lobby/display areas, and improved seating in the main gym.
  • Tournament caliber tennis facilities, with seven courts above a two-level parking facility.
  • Enhanced internal roadways, separating the divisional traffic flows and easing access to and from the campus.

Additional components include:

  • Enhanced outdoor spaces for student use.
  • Creation of a central campus area, akin to a “quad,” between the performing arts center, gyms, and academic buildings.
  • In the academic buildings, creation of cohesive, properly circulating division spaces (e.g., not broken up across numerous floors).
  • Improved student gathering spaces, faculty office spaces, and classroom spaces.
  • Enlarged sacred space in the Hamilton House chapel.
  • Integration of the Early Childhood Program and the Lower School.
  • Environmentally sustainable new construction.

2 · Illustrative Plan: landscaping details and building outlines

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Outdoor seating and a pedestrian promenade sit between the Cafeteria and Gyms, and two new courtyard spaces rest on the Rockville Pike side of the Academic expansion. Two new playgrounds and a beautiful green space are nestled between the Academic buildings and the Gym. The plan retains the forest and as many other existing trees as possible.

3 · Framework Diagram: major components of the plan

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A new traffic light and entrance on Cedar Lane (east of the current entrances) will allow easy campus access, and a new loop road and connecting roads provide access to all three divisions. New fields and a new Performing Arts Center and Cafeteria will be the most visible additions when one first drives on the new campus.

Subtle but important will be a connection between the Gyms and the Aquatic Center, with a welcoming lobby, large fitness center, and concession areas.

The Academic Buildings are expanded toward the west, facing Rockville Pike. The existing Academic Buildings will be retained and entirely renovated.

Tucked in the back of campus will be a two-level parking structure, on top of which rests a tournament-caliber tennis facility.

4 · Enlarged Illustrative Plan

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The Performing Arts Center is nestled in a hillside, blending it seamlessly into the landscape. The Cafeteria is easily accessible from the Performing Arts Center and the Academic Buildings, and the Gym Expansion adds locker rooms and a superb Fitness Center. The Academic Building includes an atrium bringing light to the top three floors and provides significantly enhanced classroom and assembly spaces.

5 · Performing Arts Theater and Cafeteria

Click to enlarge the Performing Arts Theater and Cafeteria Plan
The Performing Arts Center seats 424, with removable front row seats to allow for an orchestra pit. Its connection to the Cafeteria allows for large events. The Cafeteria can be one large space for all-school assemblies, liturgies, and events, and it is subdivided for lunches. There is easy access to outdoor seating as well as private dining areas. The underground level provides for music rooms, practice rooms, theater dressing rooms, and full-sized choral and instrumental rooms.

6 · Athletic Renovations and Expansion

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Guests and visiting teams cross from the parking garage into the upper level of a new lobby and gallery. Stairs lead to the lower level for concessions and entrance to Gym 3. A ramp to the right leads to the Aquatic Center, with new lockers and improved seating. The upper level would overlook the new 4000 sq. foot Fitness Center with climbing wall.

7 · Illustrative side-view of the Academic Buildings

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Two significant changes improve the daily student experience. The Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools will be organized by floor, providing cohesion for each division. As a result, the entrances change: the Lower School uses the current Upper School entrance, the Middle School uses the current Lower School, and the Upper School uses a new entrance near Hamilton House.

8 · Detail of the 100 and 200 levels of the Academic Buildings

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Lower School assembly space, library, and administration occupy what is currently the first floor of the Upper School. Lower School classrooms are grouped together on the second floor.

9 · Detail of the 300 and 400 levels of the Academic Buildings

Click to enlarge the 300 and 400 levels Academic Building Plan
Middle School classrooms, arts, and administration occupy the third floor, and a new assembly space connects to a courtyard. The Middle School and Upper School each occupy a side of the fourth floor, with Upper School assembly space connected to a courtyard. Daycare space completes the third floor, and a new media/technology center completes the fourth floor.

10 · Detail of Hamilton House and the 500 level of the Academic Buildings

Click to enlarge the Hamilton House and 500 level Academic Buidling Plan
Upper School library, arts space, and administration occupy the fifth floor of the Academic Buildings. Behind Hamilton House, Building ’47 contains the learning center and infirmary, for easy pick-up of students. The Parlors and reception areas of Hamilton House are preserved, with an enlarged chapel and, upstairs, renovated office and campus ministry space.

11 · Additional Information

  • The plan is being circulated now for feedback and input; it is not final, but rather the beginning of a work in progress.
  • The master plan is a set of improvements designed to meet our needs for the long-term—for decades, not just the next three-to-five years. It is difficult to foresee what changes in program Stone Ridge might undertake a generation from now, and this plan is designed to provide maximum flexibility for future growth and evolution.
  • The cost is still to be determined; it would be premature to speculate. Regardless, it certainly will require a capital campaign, the largest in Stone Ridge’s history. None of this will be possible without support from our stakeholder base, which is part of why we need you to get excited about these ideas. In the fall, we will have better estimates of cost and we will also do a feasibility plan to get a sense of how much money we think we can raise. If you have an interest in supporting this plan financially—or if you know others who would—speak with Catherine Karrels at your earliest convenience. You don’t need to commit a dollar amount—but we want to know who has a passion for which parts of this project.
  • The timing and possible phasing of the plan is still to be determined. It depends on many factors—fundraising, community support, construction logistics, programmatic considerations, etc.
  • We do not know when the first construction would begin, but we are beginning preliminary planning work so that the roadwork—the “loop road” construction—could occur as soon as summer of 2013. (We are targeting the summer to minimize school-year disruptions, and Cedar Lane BRAC improvements may necessitate changing our internal roadways before the summer of 2014.)
  • Inevitably, there will be inconveniences during construction. We will do everything possible to minimize these, but at the same time we hope any inconveniences are ones which we can bear together as a Stone Ridge family for the long-term good of the school and our students.
  • We will plan a series of forums and formats via which to gather community input—from parents, students, faculty, alumni, past-parents, and anyone passionate about Stone Ridge. Much work remains to be done to bring these plans from this initial drawing board through design completion and ultimately to reality—we hope we can all work together throughout this process.

  • To provide specific written comments, suggestions, or questions, please send an email to the Master Planning Committee via the following address: masterplan@stoneridgeschool.org.
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