See nearly 6 months of construction in less than 3 minutes! Our time lapse videos show highlights from February through mid-July.
Burgundy is building a new Arts & Community Center and Campus Commons!
The new Arts & Community Center is about big dreams. This is a bold, but much-needed move — broad in scope, ambitious in spirit, and transformative for students. Burgundy’s arts program has grown immensely since the old Loft was built in 1969, and we are expanding into a comprehensive multimedia program. We need the space and tools to educate our students for their futures instead of being limited by our past.
Transforming Our Campus and Curriculum
The new Arts & Community Center will be the heart of Burgundy’s campus. The building will have a theater with a mezzanine, a gallery/exhibition hall, a servery, a Makerspace lab, a large drama room, two music classrooms, two art rooms and one elective room. We’re thrilled that the new building will provide seamlessly linked indoor and outdoor learning for students in the arts, just as our academic classrooms do.
Adjacent to the building, a lush new Campus Commons will emphasize what is at the heart of the Burgundy experience: an outdoor space with room to learn and grow as individuals and as part of the community. The Commons will provide a gathering space for students and the entire community right in the center of campus, a place that reflects Burgundy’s values for the natural world.
We’re looking forward to many of the building's spaces having multiple uses — the gallery that can display more student work will also be a perfect spot for quiet, reflective work or small meetings. The Makerspace lab will be fantastic for Burgundy classes, as well as enrichment or summer camp programs.
There are endless possibilities with the Arts & Community Center and Campus Commons!
We’ve been thinking about this project for more than a decade — a tremendous amount of planning and thinking has gone into it and we’re so excited to see it taking shape in front of our eyes! Plans for the new building grow directly from our Campus Master Plan of 2010.
With a lot of work from parents, alumni parents, arts faculty, and Burgundy administrators, we have a design that allows our curriculum to flourish and grow.
During Construction: Programs Adapt and Continue
Currently we anticipate the project will run about 15 months, through the end of the 2017-2018 school year, but variables outside of our control (weather, availability of materials, etc.) could prolong the schedule. We demolished the old Loft in January-February 2017 and moved into the construction stage in March. Of course we are working now to anticipate and mitigate as many of these variables as possible.
While construction is happening, Middle School productions are being held in the theater at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, just 2.5 miles from campus. Art has moved to West Barn (Early Childhood building), Drama and Music share Extended Day’s space, and Advancement has moved to the Norton Road house.
During construction, we plan to keep viable pathways through the center of campus. Construction areas will be fenced off.
Help Us Build!
Our early fundraising is off to a strong start and we invite everyone in the community to make a gift to this project for future generations of Burgundy students — just as past generations have built the campus we enjoy today. There are many ways to support this project. Ready to give now? Make an online donation or contact Michele McCabe or Jeff Sindler to discuss options for the best way to structure your gift to the new Arts & Community Center and Campus Commons.
In addition to specific goals for the Arts & Community Center and Campus Commons, we’ll continue to fundraise through annual giving, which sustains Burgundy school programs each year, and financial aid, which supports one in four of our current students.
Renderings of Planned Construction
These architectural renderings represent a working design; details may change between these images and the final product. Visit Burgundy's Facebook page for more photos of demolition and construction.