In January, the school’s Board of Directors approved the $15 million plan: the first part of a multi-phase project to advance the school’s mission of educating 180 high-potential young men through its second century. The campus modernization retains the rural and historic charm of CFS’s nationally recognized campus while transforming it in three main areas:
The Buck Family Center for the Arts: A new Center for the Arts, named for the Buck family, long-standing benefactors of CFS, will consolidate the school’s arts program into a centralized, modern facility complete with studios, labs, classrooms, and practice and performance spaces. A central exhibition gallery and outdoor arts patio will showcase student work.
- Academic Building Renovations Featuring Hamilton Atrium: The school’s main academic building, Greystock Hall, will be re-oriented to face a new entrance and quad, and will be highlighted by The Hamilton Atrium, named for a generous gift from the Hamilton Family Charitable Trust. This will allow for a consolidated admissions office on the first floor, an enlarged dining center with patio and modernized classrooms, and gathering spaces for students, faculty, and visitors.
- New Entrance and School Safety Enhancements: An inviting new entrance road from Valley Creek Boulevard will create a safer and more environmentally sound campus approach and exit.
This project has been generously supported by donors to the school’s “For the Boys” Capital Campaign. The school anticipates the project will be completed by August 2020. Designers for the project are Voith and Mactavish, architects, and Chester Valley Engineers, civil engineers. Construction is being provided by H.L. Wiker Inc. and CH&E Construction, both of Lancaster.
“We are excited about Church Farm School’s campus modernization and the ways in which it will enhance the school as it enters its second century,” said Matt Burns, Board President and a former CFS parent. “We also know that the competitive environment for independent schools has changed dramatically over the past 10 years. The talented and deserving students we seek have many great options, and we want CFS to be their first choice.”
“We are grateful to our Board for supporting our vision; our Capital Campaign task force, chaired by Board members John Bellis and Dick Gherst, who have worked tirelessly to fulfill the Campaign and make this project a reality; and of course the Buck family and the Hamilton Family Charitable Trust, whose generosity to the school is enabling two areas of major transformation,” said Head of School The Rev. Edmund K. Sherrill II. “We are excited to debut our modernized campus in 2020!”
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