On June 11th, The Gunston School broke ground on a $4 million renovation of “The Brick Building”, one of the school’s two major academic buildings. This renovation and modernization project, overseen by The Whiting-Turner Construction Co., will fully refurbish a facility that was originally constructed in 1964 as a dormitory space during the era when Gunston was an all-girls boarding school. The school now serves 165 students across the Mid-Shore region.
The building, which will be renamed in honor of Tony and Sarah Everdell, two renowned Gunston faculty who taught at the school for nearly four decades, will provide Gunston with modern classroom spaces, an Art and Digital Media Center to support its award-winning art program, and the Susan Konkel Student Center–a glass-enclosed cafeteria and atrium that will double the size of the current cafeteria. In addition, the top floor of the building will house The Alice Ryan Media and Technology Center, a dynamic space that will also provide unimpeded views of the Corsica River.
“This is a major project that has generated remarkable support both within our own community, and throughout the region,” noted Gunston Headmaster John Lewis, “It will provide our students and faculty with an educational facility that is equal to their talents and creativity, and which will help to maximize our unique Corsica River location.”
Gunston expects the construction to be completed by the end of 2014, and the building should be ready for operation by the second semester of the current academic year.
1. First row, left to right Susan Dillon, John Lewis Headmaster, Harry (Stoney) J. Duffey, Mark Freestate
Second row, left to right E. Mitchell Fry, Jr., Patrick Shoemaker, Elizabeth McCown, Jill Meyerhoff
2. Rendering of the Tony & Sarah Everdell Building