Bold Construction Project Begins at Holderness School
Following the successful completion of the Elevating Academics Campaign, Holderness School has begun a historic project that will see the construction of a new academic building as well as renovations to existing academic spaces. Driven by the guiding principles of innovation, collaboration, and flexibility, this project will have a lasting impact on Holderness School’s ability to deliver a transformational education.
Work is well underway in order to support the construction of a new 35,000 square foot academic building that will be home to Holderness School’s math and science departments. The new facility, expected to be completed in winter 2021, will feature wet and dry science labs, flexible classrooms and collaborative breakout spaces, enhanced faculty planning spaces, and an atrium-like Winter Garden that connects the space with the outdoors and captures views of Stinson Mountain. Construction on an adjacent outdoor classroom, academic quad, and renovations to existing academic spaces will follow the completion of the academic facility.
The facility will be situated atop an embankment that overlooks the Pemigewasset River and the Town of Plymouth. Significant site work is necessary prior to the construction of the facility’s foundation, which is expected to begin early in the fall. Site work will include infrastructure improvements to storm water drainage, water, sewer, and biomass distribution.
In support of the new academic building, Holderness School is opening a secondary entrance along Route 175, which will eventually connect to the school’s existing road and primary entrance. The additional entrance and road will provide a perimeter loop around campus, improving traffic flow and giving emergency vehicles improved access to campus. The new loop road will also better separate vehicles from pedestrians.
With the start of construction, Head of School Phil Peck stated, “Over ten years ago we dreamed of a new science and math building, and we have been planning and fundraising for that building intensely over the last three years. Now, it finally feels like a reality. We have countless pieces of heavy equipment -- cranes, dozers, excavators, huge trucks, and more -- all around campus. We are filled with anticipation as this exciting vision becomes a reality!”
Holderness School has a rich tradition of training athletes for both excellence and lifelong fitness. Whether teams are regularly qualifying for -- and winning -- NEPSAC tournaments or athletes are developing healthy habits and a love of sport, Holderness School is committed to a multiple sport athletic philosophy that unlocks the potential of every student.
Holderness School is a hive of activity this summer. With the Gordon Research Conferences on campus to share some of the latest findings and advancements in science and construction well underway on the new academic facility, it might be easy to miss an equally important project: the replacement of a dormitory.
“The magic is in the process, the excellence of the everyday, those moments that are the most authentic expression of Holderness and its beliefs,” wrote one of the candidates for the Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications in his cover letter. His understanding of the position for which he was applying was clear; moments of celebration and accomplishment at Holderness are often the focus, the points at which we acknowledge our pride in Holderness. But there is so much that has to happen behind the scenes, in the process, in the everyday. There are countless individuals at Holderness who work behind the scenes and labor tirelessly to make the school run efficiently and effectively.