Tell me about the new Middle School
square footage of the new Middle School
increase in classroom space
increase in per-student square footage
Innovative spaces, including the Middle School Commons, Maker Space, and Learning Commons
estimated cost of the new Middle School
anticipated opening of the new Middle School for the 2020-21 academic year
year Crosman Hall was built
- What is the School’s vision for a new Middle School?
- What are the features of the new building?
- What is the anticipated construction timeline?
- When will the temporary classrooms (Virtue Village) be installed?
- Can Middle School parents see Virtue Village?
- Is there a traffic pattern change?
- Where will my son be while the new Middle School is under construction?
- Will there be changes in my son’s schedule and classes as a result of construction?
- Will construction occur while school is in session?
- What campus security will be in place during construction?
- What are you doing to mitigate the noise during construction?
- Where will Middle School Parents Night be held?
- What is the cost of the project?
- What company is handling the construction?
- How can I stay informed about the project?
- How can I support the project?
While we will miss Crosman Hall, it is important that our Middle School reflects a 21st century learning environment, including spaces that allow for collaboration, creativity, and innovation. The new building will meet the needs and vision of our program with larger classrooms, collaboration spaces, a learning commons, grade level-dedicated floors, gathering space for the entire Middle School, and a state-of-the-art maker space.
The temporary classrooms will be delivered to their home on the tennis courts between May 13 and May 22. The transportation company will bring the delivery trucks from Lancaster Avenue down Old Buck Lane, and onto the field leading to the tennis courts. It will be necessary to have a vehicle-free roadway along the length of Old Buck Lane throughout delivery. Panmure Road will not be closed, but traffic may be congested during this time.
The Haverford School has invested in a brand new modular space called Virtue Village. We will build Virtue Village on our tennis courts and it will consist of two buildings: Respect and Courage. The sixth grade and Form I will occupy Building Respect while the Form II will reside in Building Courage. Faculty and staff will move in this summer and Virtue Village will be open for the first day of school. We will close Virtue Village at the end of school in June 2020 and the tennis courts will be available for the spring 2021 season.
Our Middle School daily schedule evolved this year to help deepen the boys’ learning (see this story in Haverford School Today). With positive feedback and results, we will continue this schedule moving forward – and it will work seamlessly with Virtue Village. The boys will have a short commute to arrive to art, theater, and music in Centennial Hall on time, but all other classes will happen in Virtue Village.
Yes, however, drop-off, pick-up, and parking will not be affected. Worker hours will be 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. There will be the chance of a disruption to this schedule for large deliveries, but it will be minimal.
We will want the boys to learn about the building while the workers are on campus;regular meetings will occur during the school year so the boys can hear first-hand about the progress and the more technical aspects of the build.
We will continue to make the safety and security of our students a top priority. Virtue Village is a secure space with security systems similar to Crosman Hall with more security cameras, updated fire prevention and security systems, and keycard access. During construction, the site will be secured with high fencing and barriers to prevent any possible injuries. Our builder, Adams Bickel, has a strong record of safety and will be working with us to maintain a safe and secure construction site.
The current estimated cost of the entire project, including upgrades to the dining facility, is $18 million. Gifts from our Haverford community, along with funds budgeted for depreciation over the past decade, will support the project’s construction. To contribute to this keystone element of Haverford’s campus master plan, please contact Campaign Director Jill Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit characteratourcore.com for more information.
The Middle School Office will send regular updates on the progress of construction, along with pictures and occasional video. Jay Greytok ’83, Head of Middle School, is the best person to contact for all related questions regarding the Middle School. email@example.com.
In this student-produced documentary, we reflect on the legacy of Crosman Hall.