February 2: Occupancy Approved!
I am happy to report that this week we received from Fairfax County our "Non-Residential Use Permit for the Burgundy Farm Country Day School Arts & Community Center!" Yes, this is the occupancy permit for the new building! We are beginning a gradual move-in and at this point our goal is for arts, drama, and music classes to meet in their new spaces in late February, sometime after President’s Day weekend. Our maintenance team and some contractors are finishing punch-list items and completing other tasks to make sure the building is ready for our students and faculty, and we’re expecting one more visit from the fire marshal. But slowly and surely, we’re moving in!
We will start making limited use of the building next week, beginning with the Annual Meeting of the Corporation Tuesday night, which will be in the theater/community room. All parents and guardians are welcome. Please register if you plan to attend. Then we’ll invite all our students inside for our regular all school meeting Wednesday morning. We know they will be very excited!
Please save the date of Wednesday, April 11, for a brief dedication and celebration of the new building and Campus Commons. The building will be officially named in recognition of a gift of over $1.5 million for Campus Renewal from Dan and Gloria Logan and The Reva & David Logan Foundation. Their gift supports both the building and the Campus Commons. As previously announced, the Campus Commons will be dedicated to the memory of longtime librarian, teacher, alumni parent, and grandparent Ann Van Deusen.
Many members of the Burgundy community past and present have been involved in almost a decade of planning for and execution of this project. We are delighted that the construction was accomplished so briskly, having kicked off just over a year ago when demolition began on the old Loft. We appreciate everything that everyone in the community has contributed to this effort—from design and use feedback to donations to patience during the demolition and construction process. The Arts & Community Center and the Campus Commons will be a gift for our students and our entire community now and for many generations to come!