In September 2021 Whitfield's Board of Trustees approved a Master Facilities Plan that will not only improve the physical plant, but, as it rolls out over time, will create additional opportunities for collaboration and innovation. The plan strengthens Whitfield's culture by creating common spaces throughout the facility for student interaction, and strategically adding classrooms to bring every academic department together to support faculty collaboration. As this plan maximizes our spaces, it will maximize teaching and learning.
Whitfield is thrilled to begin construction on its first Master Facility Plan project: the Garden Level Connector. Construction on this project will begin in November 2021 and is expected to take twelve weeks.
The Humanities Commons, or, “Stonehenge,” will be re-imagined. This exciting construction project will physically transform our school facility. (This photo shows the current view of the space. )
The floor will be removed and replaced with a new monumental stair with integrated tiered seating. This new access will provide a major upgrade to the connectivity between the main level and the garden level.
The tiered seats provide comfortable capacity for 50 students enabling this part of the school to serve as an open classroom, or meeting area for faculty and student groups.
Two digital screens and a rear-projected drop-down screen will allow for an enhanced audio-visual experience. The space is set-up to support myriad uses from information and announcement sharing to multi-media presentations.
At the Garden level, modifications to existing interior walls enable the Connector to seamlessly transition to shared open collaboration space or commons. Beyond the shared open collaboration space, the project will transition outside onto a new terrace (planned for summer 2022).
While we have not launched a formal campaign at this time, we have reviewed these plans with a small number of individuals to get feedback and garner support. We will initiate more conversations in the year ahead, and hope to secure leadership gifts to move many projects from the design phase to the implementation phase. If you would like to learn more about the Master Plan, and/or are considering a financial investment in Whitfield's campus, please reach out to Director of Institutional Advancement Emily Klimek or Director of Development Kelly Edwards and they would be glad to meet with you.