We are pleased to share with you the exciting news that we will be embarking on a renovation of our dining and kitchen facility located in 60 Main, a building that has served as the heart and soul — and literal center — of our campus since 1866. The project will also include additional upgrades throughout the lower levels of Main. We shared information about the renovation with students on March 2nd.
About the project:
An addition will be added to the dining room to enable the entire school to sit together during sit-down dinners, a beloved Porter’s tradition. The renovation of the dining facility will honor the history of the building while creating a contemporary dining space with seating for up to 400, and will create a servery that will improve flow at busy mealtimes.
Off of the lobby will be a student meeting space; faculty and student mailrooms; new bathrooms; and an elevator, enabling the dining facility and servery to be ADA accessible. Downstairs, the project will also include a redesigned entrance in the rear of the building, connecting to a flexible lobby area that will serve as a “student commons.”
The Main renovation will enhance and embrace the historic and residential character of the campus, and will create a community dining space that is filled with natural light, fostering openness and connectedness —- a hallmark of the Miss Porter’s School community. The interior spaces are envisioned as inviting, open, flexible, durable and, most notably, inclusive, reflecting the important ways in which the facilities reflect the values of Miss Porter’s School.
We have undertaken the services of Centerbrook Architects & Planners, a firm with over four decades of academic project experience and O&G Industries, who will oversee the building and construction services. O&G has previously worked on our campus, completing the renovations to the Grist Mill, home of our Office of Admission. O&G has also completed projects at schools such as Taft and the Gunnery, and is very familiar with the safety protocols of working on a campus while school is in session. The project is expected to commence in June 2020 with an anticipated completion of spring 2021.
During construction, the campus community will utilize the Mellon Gym as the dining hall. A triple-wide kitchen trailer will be constructed for meal preparation. We will be providing vending machines off the Wean Lounge as the Daisy Cafe will close during construction. The Day Student Lounge will shift to the Wean Lounge during construction. We are working on a plan for mail and package delivery during construction and will update you as soon as we have those details.
Chief Financial and Operating Officer Michael Bergin will host a parent meeting on Tuesday, March 24, in the late afternoon/early evening to share information about this project with parents who are bringing their daughters back to campus after Spring Break. More information will be forthcoming.
We are at an ideal moment to invest in our campus to ensure congruence between our exceptional people, programs, and facilities. I hope you will share my enthusiasm as we undertake this exciting project. For further questions about the project, please contact Director of Campus Planning and Design Katie Bradley at email@example.com.
Katherine G. Windsor, Ed.D.
Head of School