Stoneleigh-Burnham School kicked off the renovation and construction of a new student center, café, terrace, and foyer with a small celebration and groundbreaking ceremony on May 20. Joining Head of School Sally Mixsell at the event were Rich Hubbard, a trustee, parent, and member of the SBS Buildings & Grounds Committee, Project Committee Member Scott Baum, and three alumnae, Pam Bensen ’64SPH, P’89, and a former faculty member, Loraine “Sherm” Sherman ’69, and Kathy “Tuck” Fontaine ’83.
In addition, the SBS community was so pleased to have in attendance State Representative Paul Mark, Greenfield Mayor William Martin, Greenfield City Councilors Penny Ricketts, Mark Maloni, Karen Shapiro Miller and Patrick Devlin, Greenfield Business Association Coordinator Caitlin von Schmidt, Franklin County Chamber of Commerce (FCCoC) President Ann Hamilton, and FCCoC Marketing and Membership Manager Lisa Davol.
Noting that this is the first new construction project at SBS in 15 years, Mixsell said the renovation of three contiguous interior spaces will transform the experiences of students. She said the addition of a beautiful new terrace and pergola will allow the school community and visitors to enjoy the impressive campus vistas and engage the attention of those traveling up the school driveway.
Mixsell explained that two years ago SBS launched a $1.2 million Bridge Fund to address some of the small capital projects in the Campus Master Plan and build enthusiasm around our vision for the future. The new student center construction that is underway is part of Phase I of that initiative, with its completion planned for this fall.
Donning hard hats to officially break ground were Student Council President Ghazeleh Agazadeh ’15, Representative Mark, Hubbard, Mixsell, Juster Pope, Frazier Architect Maria Chao, Vice President of Mowry & Schmidt General Contractors Robyn Provost, and Student Council President Charlotte Minsky ’16.
Mixsell thanked all of those who have helped make Phase I a reality. She recognized the senior class noting that 100% of them have participated in the Annual Fund, and most have made personal donations to the Bridge Fund. Mixsell presented Senior Class President Cynthia Ntare with a photo plaque to commemorate the class in the new student center. Mixsell also thanked architectural firm Juster, Pope, Frazier and contractor Mowry & Schmidt.
After the ceremony, Mixsell gave a tour of the areas under renovation, and invited everyone to mark their calendars for a big ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration in September.