The concrete is poured for the new foundations that will become the administration wing off of Ellis Hall, and the faculty and admin offices for Willis Hall. Next up: framing!
This morning, before the sun was up, the concrete was down and filling in the forms for the footers of the new buildings. Later that morning crews worked with some pretty cool machinery (according to our Kindergartners) to smooth and dry the concrete. Not quite "hands-on" learning, but pretty good seats, regardless.
The students are back and already they are enjoying some of the upgrades of the new construction. Though you wouldn't know it by looking at the outside of campus as you drive up toward Willis Hall, inside, magic is happening. Well, not really magic so much as science. The chemistry labs have been outfitted with a vacuum filtration system that cuts filtration time for experiments substantially. The coolest part? Students have access to a tool that they normally wouldn't see until college. How's that for college prep?
The foundation footers have been dug for the new buildings that will connect Willis and Ellis Hall. You can literally see them take shape!
Dr. Proctor met with the Roanoke Times this past week and we ended up on the front page of the Sunday Times with details about our project and the impact it will have on the Valley. If you didn't get a chance to see it, read it here:
These may not be the most exciting additions to Willis Hall, but they're just as important. These "little things" are big accomplishments for those familiar with the "challenges" of Willis Hall, like a leaky roof (no more!), bad HVAC (we have new closets to make room for the new system!) and aging electrical (brand-spanking-new!). Yes, we're kind of giddy about these hidden gems. After all, on a rainy day like today, that new roof makes a BIG difference!
The fill has been delivered and is now being evened out between Willis and Ellis Halls. We've also removed the landscaping on the side of Old Slack to allow for the infrastructure that needs to be placed underground for the new buildings. The Betty Branch sculpture is being stored safely while the work continues. Move the 360-degree photos to take a look around!
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to share that we unanimously voted on June 24 to officially launch the most transformative capital project in the School’s history. We have committed to a building and renovation project that will be life changing for North Cross School and our students.
This project will re-imagine our campus to match the stellar classroom instruction of our faculty. It will position North Cross as one of the premier independent schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Our plans constitute one of the most ambitious projects currently underway in the Roanoke Valley. The total project costs are estimated at $16.5M and our Campaign Steering Committee has adopted a fundraising goal of $14M. We are extremely pleased with the progress of what we are calling The Legacy Campaign thus far and the amount of support committed in the “quiet” phase. As The Legacy Campaign moves toward a public launch in the coming months, we hope you will join us in taking part in what will be the most impactful endeavor in our School’s 75 year history. Here are some highlights of what is to come over the next academic year:
If you haven't been on campus lately you would be surprised to see all that's happened in the last 3 weeks:
Over the next several weeks you will see work progress in the following areas:
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This campaign is a campaign of joy. We look forward to sharing wonderful news as we collect momentum towards our goal. Check back often and join the excitement.