New Hampton School Math-Science Center Groundbreaking on April 11

The public is cordially invited to a groundbreaking ceremony for New Hampton School’s new, state-of-the-art, Math-Science Center.  The event will take place on Friday, April 11, 11 am, at the building site along the school’s “Academic Row” that lines Main Street.

The center’s total construction project cost is $9.6 million.  Slated for fall 2009 completion, the 28,780 square foot facility will support today’s classroom technologies and learning styles, and it will be very environmentally responsible and energy efficient.  The center will dramatically improve the science laboratories on campus and will also contain an environmental classroom, a planting/botany room, three prep rooms, six math classrooms, a computer lab, a chemical storage room, and departmental offices.

The traditional turning of the first shovelful of earth will be accompanied by remarks from Head of School Andrew Menke and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Jason Pilalas, a member of the Class of 1958.  Pilalas will also reminisce about Randall Hall, where he resided as a student a half-century ago.  The longtime dormitory was recently removed to make way for the new facility.

The entire school community will be on hand, along with staff from the Office of Michael Rosenfeld, West Acton, MA (project architect), and Conneston Construction Inc. (CCI) of Gilford, NH (construction manager).

Peeking into the near future, Michael Rosenfeld described the anticipated impact of the Math-Science Center.  “It’s going to feel like it’s one of the older buildings with a new, energized, very current sense about it,” he explained.  “It’s going to be built in a way that’s going to make learning easier by supporting both the teachers and the students.”

The quality of CCI’s work is already evident in many corners of the campus including the Academic Resource Center, the Arts and Athletics Center, recent dormitory construction and renovations, Field House renovations, and the new, synthetic turf Kennedy Field that was completed in 2007.  “We’ve had the pleasure of watching New Hampton School grow and prosper over the past fourteen years,” said CCI President Jeff Downing.  “We recognize what a tremendous step forward this new Math-Science Center will be for the school.”

Updates will be posted to the school’s Web site, www.newhampton.org, during the course of the planned eighteen-month project.

Founded in 1821, New Hampton School is an independent, co-educational, college preparatory secondary school of 330 students who come from over 30 states and 12 foreign countries.  NHS prepares students for life-long learning through self-discovery, authentic relationships, civic responsibility, and global citizenship.  Students benefit from an average class size of 11 and a student-faculty ratio of 5:1.  For more information, please call (603) 677-3400.