Construction Photos from Start to Finish
Crews are working on the finishing touches both inside and out of the new Center for the Arts and hope to have administrators begin the move-in process next month.
Outside and in, construction on Brooks School's new Center for the Arts is headed toward the home stretch!
The Campaign for Brooks successfully concluded on June 30, 2018. Due to the generous support from our greater community, we have improved the overall student experience, the facilities and campus of Brooks School during the past five years. We plan to come together in April 2019 to formally celebrate you, our donors, and all that you have enabled us to accomplish through our campaign and the six major pillars of support you funded as a group.
In little more than a week, Brooks School will mark one year since breaking ground on our $28 million new Center for the Arts building in the heart of campus during Alumni Weekend. And what a year it has been, as the construction crew kept moving on schedule from demolition during the hot, sticky summer, to framing and construction during the fall, and then roofing and walls despite the storm-filled, snowy winter.
There are four major areas of construction progress at the Center for the Arts: insulating the outer walls, adding the steel roof, adding the remaining glass panels, and creating the first sheetrock walls.
Nearly 10 months after Head of School John Packard broke ground on the construction of Brooks School's new $28 million Center for the Arts, the building has taken shape and significant progress has been made to the exterior. Trustees' recently took a tour inside and came out impressed with what's been done and excited for what's to come.
Despite some recent nasty weather, construction crews are operating on schedule in the creation of the new Center for the Arts.
The campus community celebrated these milestones on October 27 by signing a steel beam that now sits prominently above the Main Street entrance. Eventually, the beam will be enclosed, but the building will forever bear the names of the current students, faculty and staff who witnessed its construction.
Todd McCabe ’89, P’15, Lee Berman '07, Joe Napolitano ’09 and Jordan Price ’19 are all professionally working on the new Center for the Arts. For them, the project is personal; they implicitly understand the importance of the project and are proud to be a part of it.
This summer, roughly 27 teachers undertook nearly 20 different professional development programs this summer. "We're trying to maximize the impact and scope of this work so that it benefits our students and their experience here, and I feel great about how many different things our faculty members did," Dean of Faculty John McVeigh said.
Steel was delivered to campus as the first classes got underway, closely followed by the delivery of large portions of what will be the building’s air ducts. The first beams of steel were added to the West basement structure, as the East basement’s concrete walls were setting. By the last week of September taller slabs of concrete walls had been poured, the first signs of the main street facade of the building.
The boys 3rd soccer team has one more reason to rejoice in the Center for the Arts renovation: Soil from the school’s current big dig is being used to regrade the team’s notably uneven playing field.
In a few short weeks, returning students and faculty will discovered a campus transformed. While we are still more than a year away from a finished Center for the Arts, it is exciting to begin to see the project taking shape.
Four shovels broke ground in front of the campus’ historic barn during Alumni Weekend, marking the end of the new Center for the Arts’ planning phase and the beginning of its construction phase.
The Center for the Arts is one of the last significant pieces both for the campaign and our campus. The school recently launched a theater seat plaque initiative in hopes of fully funding the new building before the June 2017 groundbreaking.
If the soon-to-be-built Center for the Arts is a dream home for the Brooks arts program, then consider the Auditorium its starter home. We’re gaining space, facilities, modern features, and a wealth of performance, rehearsal, classroom, studio and community space. At the same time, though, we’re bidding goodbye to the cozy, familiar building filled with memories that our community — our family — grew up in.
In mid-November, Head of School John Packard to bestow endowed faculty chairs on two respected members of the Brooks faculty: English department chair Dean Charpentier received the F. Fessenden Wilder Endowed Chair and Science department chair Randy Hesse received the Waldo Holcombe Chair.
We took to the road this summer, spending time with alumni, parents and past parents in Maine, New York and Colorado.
In February 2016, Head of School John Packard P’18 and Board of Trustees President-Elect Steve Gorham ’85, P’17 headed west to discuss the campaign with a number of Californian alumni.
A faculty triad leads to a week-long initiative for faculty toimprove their teaching skills by learning from one another.
Steve Gorham ’85, P’17, the president-elect of the Brooks School board of trustees, has worked hard his entire life. Hard work is all he knows: Gorham grew up behind the counter of the North Andover hardware store his parents ran; he became determined to find firm footing among his wealthier peers at Brooks; and he followed his intelligence and dogged resourcefulness to career success at MFS Investment Management, a firm with global reach.
On Friday, October 23, the new turf field was named Anna K. Trustey Memorial Field in honor of Anna Trustey ’16. Anna and her father, Brooks board member Joe Trustey, passed away last summer.
On Friday, October 16, alumni, parents and friends spent the day on campus learning about school needs and goals for The Campaign for Brooks.
Two Brooks teachers received endowed chairs in March: Susanna Waters, who is chair of the history department, received the Waldo Holcombe Chair, and English teacher Leigh Perkins ’81 received the Prince Charitable Trust Chair.
In October 2014, 86 alumni, parents and friends of Brooks School attended the first-ever Brooks Summit. The Summit was designed to lay everything on the table for the attendees: the school’s strengths, weaknesses and areas where improvement is needed. And those in attendance weren’t just asked to listen; they were active participants in conversations about the school’s future and how to achieve large goals.
With a historic $5 million gift to Brooks, Nick Booth ’67, president of the board of trustees, is showing that he’s committed to the institution he’s leading, and he aims to gain the support of the alumni and parents who share that commitment.