As we wind down this busy week, and in anticipation of the Thanksgiving holiday break, we would like to use this month's "Construction Corner" to express gratitude to the great number of people who have been instrumental in moving our new Lower School initiative from an inspired vision to reality.
Beginning with our Campaign Chairs, Suzanne McGee and Nita Clark, and their team of volunteers. Without this group's steadfast commitment to our school and tireless work over the last three years, we would not be in the enviable position we are today - with the Lower School well on its way to the scheduled completion date of June 27, 2019. In total, 185 donors contributed to the Lower School project; each gift, from $100 to $3,000,000, is making a lasting impact on the life of our school.
Through the partnership of our team of masterful architects from Overland Partners, the talented Lower School faculty, and the ever-thoughtful and inspiring leadership of Chelle Wabrek, Tracey Shirey, and Amy Cuccia, the design concept of the new Lower School was created. Their big-idea thinking, dreaming, brainstorming, and envisioning that took place in the early conceptual work always kept world-class learning and teaching of our youngest students at the heart of this initiative.
Thank you to the many students and faculty, across all three divisions, who are engaging in conversations about our school becoming One Campus, One Community. They are fully investing in the future of our school and setting the tone and legacy for the generations that will follow.
Thank you to the amazing team from Hill & Wilkinson, our general contractor. Together, their on-site leadership team represents more than 110 years of construction experience. On Wednesday, we hosted a "Topping Out Lunch," an event that was held as an expression of thanks for the many workers and subcontractors who are bringing their trade and talent to the Lower School project. By the time we open our doors in August, more than 280 workers from 30 different subcontractors will have worked on site. The work they do is truly incredible.
There are many, many more to thank, and we could not possibly list them all here. As with any major construction project, daily life on and near campus is impacted: traditional walking paths rerouted, noise throughout the day, inaccessible green space, parking and traffic flow impeded, etc., etc. Thanks to all in our community and our neighbors for continued patience and flexibility as we near the midway point of construction.