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Winsor School celebrates groundbreaking of modern addition

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  May 28, 2013 02:04 PM

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The Winsor School is set to begin work on an expansion project that creates performing arts, athletic, and wellness centers and adds more classrooms to its century old campus.

Parents, teachers, students, and supporters of the private girls’ school in the Fenway cheered the ceremonial start of the project Thursday that will add 130,000 square feet of space for students.

“Our campus will reflect the energy, the vision, and the diversity of our neighborhood and our home,” said Rachel Friis Stettler, the school’s director, praising the cultural, scientific, and academic assets of the Fenway.

The addition, designed by William Rawn Associates, will provide music rooms, a dance studio, technical theater spaces, two full-size basketball courts, workout spaces, and five squash courts.

The new building will also host a 500-seat theater, several communal areas for students to study and meet, and an academic wing with new classrooms.

“Once we are under construction the campus is going to be an extremely busy place, but life, school, and sports at Winsor will go on with its usual vitality and focus,” Friis Stettler said at the lively groundbreaking where the school’s more than 400 students cheered, sang and waved Winsor towels. “It’s going to be an adventure for us all.”

The addition, which is scheduled to be completed in 2015, will also allow the school to replace the main building’s theater with new classrooms.

School officials say the new space creates a multidimensional learning environment that will help support students prepare for the future.

“The school has come a long since the Master Plan Process began in 2008. We always knew that given our commitment to the school’s mission our efforts would succeed and break new ground for Winsor,” Linda H. Thomas, President of The Winsor School Corporation, said.

Thomas noted that Winsor’s founding mission to provide a top education to girls was itself a groundbreaking mission 127 years ago and on that the school continues today.

“That founding principle continues to inform the work that is done here today,” she said. “Winsor Women are living that principle and breaking new ground everyday in all fields of endeavor.”

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