Construction of the new St. Mark's residence hall began earlier this spring, but the project officially kicked off on Thursday, June 10, with a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony and celebratory gathering featuring representatives from St. Mark's as well as members of the building's architectural firm and construction company.
The event provided an opportunity to recognize and thank the donors, trustees, faculty, staff, and external partners who have made the construction of the new residence hall a reality and to celebrate the start of this transformational project. The 90,000 square-foot building will provide housing for up to 150 St. Mark's students beginning in Fall 2022. The new residence hall will also include 12 faculty apartments as well as a 1,300 square-foot lounge overlooking Belmont Field, among other highlights.
Head of School John C. Warren '74 opened the groundbreaking ceremony with words of thanks for alumni, parents, faculty, and staff, as well as Town of Southborough officials, Goody Clancy Architects, and Erland Construction for their partnership on the project.
Former Trustee Julia Krapf, P '13, '20 then shared reflections from her role in master planning and facilities leadership of the project. Trustee Nick Everett '69, P '02, '07 followed with reflections on the transformational impact of the new building, which will reunite students and faculty near the Main Building.
Assistant Head of School Samantha Brennan provided her thoughts on the importance of the new building in regard to the School's residential education program, and recognized members of the Community Life Council for their role. Ms. Brennan also reflected on the significance of faculty housing in recruiting and retaining outstanding educators.
Lisa Ferreira, an architect with Goody Clancy, spoke about the design of the building, and Steve McDonald, president of Erland Construction, followed with remarks on the continued partnership between the builder and St. Mark's, which has also included the T. Jefferson Coolidge Jr. '50 Athletic Performance and Wellness Center, completed in 2018.
Associate Chaplain Katie Solter provided a blessing before Mr. Warren provided final remarks.
In preparation for the opening of the new residence hall in 2022 and increased foot traffic to the Main Building from the east side, the School recently completed construction of the Alice Yin Hung '86 East Gallery, which includes a beautiful glass-faced entrance to the Main Building, a spectacular interior staircase leading to the building's main level, an elevator, and space to showcase student artwork.
To learn more about St. Mark's new residence hall, visit https://www.stmarksschool.org/lives-of-consequence/priorities/res-life.