Westtown belongs to our entire community, and to future Westonians who will have to navigate a world that will need their brilliance, integrity, and humanity. To that end, it is our job to envision and plan for the school that will prepare our students to thrive as leaders and stewards of a better world. We believe Westtown is well positioned to thrive in our increasingly competitive and complicated world. The campus master plan will complement and align with our larger strategic plan by placing our academic program, core values of community, and our Quaker identity at the heart of our planning.
Westtown is well positioned to thrive in our increasingly competitive and complicated world.
As part of our strategic plan, we are currently updating our campus master plan, which we first authored in 2001 with the help and wisdom of our community. The updated plan will build on all that has been accomplished since then, evaluate the needs and assets of our facilities and campus, and thoughtfully create a road map for future capital projects to fulfill our mission and strategic plan. This updated plan will help us, and future leaders, make key and strategic decisions about facilities, our campus, and our program.
Recently, we hosted a Town Hall meeting on campus for alumni, current and past parents, faculty, staff and friends of the school. Our goal was to provide an update on current work, share insight into future initiatives and allocate time for a Q&A session with attendees. A recording of the session can be found here.
Please learn more about where we are in our process by clicking on the drop-down boxes below. If you would like to share thoughts or have any questions, please contact Jay Farrow '75, Co-clerk of the Campus Master Plan Committee at email@example.com.
The 2001 Campus Master Plan focused on further enhancement of an already attractive campus, campus safety and functionality, building renovations and new construction in support of program, creation of an open space in the center of campus, and protection of our generous outdoor spaces and beautiful viewscapes. These areas of focus were identified to preserve and strengthen the sense of place unique to Westtown.
- Preserve natural/agricultural areas and strengthen connections within the campus
- Completion of Lake Restoration Project
- Creation of Westtown Mini-Farm
- Installation of the Ropes Course in the North Woods
- Reduce conflict between vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the core of the campus
- Closure of Oak Lane
- New and realigned gateway entrances, reconfigured drives, and improved drop-off and pick-up routes
- Elimination of vehicular traffic through campus
- Creation of campus signage
- Increase parking provision on campus
- Creation of satellite parking (e.g. East, West, Oak Lane, Oak Lane Grass, and Athletic Center lots)
- Provide for growth of Lower School
- Renovation and expansion of Lower School
- Provide facilities and site improvements to support goals of academic program
- Science Center expansion and renovation
- Middle School renovation and expansion
- Main Hall classroom and corridor renovations
- Renovation of the lower level of the Main Building (Technology Lab/Office, faculty workrooms and offices, and student lounge)
- Barton-Test Theater improvements
- Industrial Hall renovation
- Art Center Digital Media Center
- Lower School I-Lab
- Athletic Program facilities Improvements
- Athletic Center expansion and renovation
- New tennis courts built
- New baseball field and softball field
- Balderston Track (6 lane all-weather track) and reconstruction of track field
- Coach Downey Court
- Athletic Center parking lot
- Improve Residential Life
- Renovation and expansion of Stone House (9th & 10th Grade Boy’s Dorm)
- Construction of Balderston Commons (9th & 10th Grade Girl’s Dorm)
- Renovation of the Main Dorm
- Reinforce student life issues
- Belfry renovation and patio addition
- Diversify faculty housing
- Renovation of Main Building faculty Link apartments
- Construction of Coltman Commons townhouses
- Improve Maintenance and Service facilities
- Renovation of the Facilities Building
Work on the Campus Master Plan (CMP) update began in October 2014. The CMP steering committee, clerked by Rob Cottone (current Trustee and Parent ‘07, ‘10, ‘14, ‘17) and Assistant Head of School Jay Farrow ’75, consists of trustees, administrators, staff members, parents, and architects. For a full listing of the committee, please refer to the column on the right hand side of the page. The committee has conducted more than 40 focus group listening sessions with stakeholders, visited a number of schools to tour unique campus features, heard presentations on selected topics, and endeavored to report back to the Westtown constituency in person, electronically and in print.As the committee has gathered and considered input and information, stakeholder ideas have undergone a transformation from discussion topics and wish list items to emerging themes to conceptual alternatives to the current preferred alternatives. The Campus Master Plan final report will contain prioritized preferred alternative capital projects, in some cases with multiple options, areas requiring additional study and deliberation, and suggested possible working/planning groups. The Campus Master Plan final report will also suggest potential phasing of projects and estimated costs. We expect that the final report will be approved in June 2016.
Essential to the updated Campus Master Plan is identifying ways to better incorporate current, renovated, or new building structures and the larger campus and grounds into Westtown’s evolving 21st Century curriculum and campus life. In addition, the updated Campus Master Plan will also be informed by the key principles listed below:
- Compliance with Strategic Plan
- Enhance Program Excellence
- Revenue Generation/Financial Stability
- Parent & Alumni Engagement
- Internal/External Community Impact
- Westtown Differentiators
- Philanthropic Impact
The Campus Master Plan Update, much like the 2001 plan, endeavors to identify needs and to suggest capital projects to be considered in the next 5 to 20 years as supported by fundraising. The school’s Strategic Plan illuminates goals and imperatives for PK-12 program development and curriculum design, enrollment, revenue generation, and parent and alumni engagement. These initiatives, along with current building deferred maintenance and respectful stewardship of Westtown’s 600 acre campus, have informed the themes below as being central in the Campus Master Plan Update:
- Maintain the Meeting House at the center of campus
- Provide anchor social spaces on campus to foster community
- Enhance the campus dining experience
- Create an integrated Middle School that contains all areas of study and provides flexible classrooms, collaboration, and assembly spaces
- Connect the lake & the farm
- Expand and improve facilities for the Visual Arts
- Improve teaching, learning, and social spaces located in the Main Building
- Leverage the entire campus, especially the lake, farm and woodlands, for outdoor learning, social gathering, and auxiliary program spaces
- Continue to provide resources in support of maintaining athletic competitiveness
- Clarify vehicular and strengthen pedestrian circulation on campus
- Promote sustainability, including the creation of a Campus Utility Plan
The Board’s response was enthusiastic and supportive of the direction of this long-range vision which has been thoughtfully created to ensure that our school will thrive, not just for the next twenty years, but for the next century and beyond.
This vision respects the uniqueness of the Westtown campus while valuing the history and spiritual nature of the school, positioning the Meeting House at the geographical center - the heart - of the campus. In the plan, the campus’ natural resources are strategically and purposefully integrated into school and auxiliary programming.
John Baird shares, “When I arrived at Westtown in 2002, the school had a brand new master plan which had been developed by the Board of Trustees, the school’s administration, and architecture firm Wallace, Roberts & Todd (WRT). I am pleased that we have accomplished a great deal since then, completing many of the projects detailed in the plan such as: the Lower School expansion, renovations to the Athletic Center, the new LEED gold-certified Science Center, a new facilities building, faculty townhouses, and renovations to the Barton-Test theater, to name just a few.
I am delighted that Westtown’s Strategic Plan, introduced in 2014, is gaining great momentum with exciting initiatives happening in our academic program in all three divisions. The plan is designed to strengthen our position as a Quaker, PreK - 12 day and boarding school, whose program will change lives and create graduates who will be the changemakers our world so desperately needs.”
Over the past 22 months, the school has reengaged WRT to listen, assess needs, review current facilities and envision ways to preserve and care for Westtown’s incredible campus. The ultimate goal is to ensure that the Long Range Campus Vision serves to enhance community, support program, and positions our school to attract students locally, nationally, and internationally.
“During our partnership with WRT,” Baird continues, “ they have helped us to identify strengths, look for opportunities to enhance program, and identify sacred spaces on campus for preservation. They have challenged us, connected our sense of history and place with our vision for teaching and learning, and managed to synthesize all this into the draft plan.
Just as in the 2001 plan, the school’s Board of Trustees and administration will conduct a careful process of prioritization and phasing with respect to this next set of projects. I look forward to partnering with you to ensure that Westtown will continue to flourish and support our students to live lives of success and meaning in perpetuity.”
Over the summer, the Campus Master Plan Steering Committee, co-clerked by current parent Robert Cottone and L. Jay Farrow ’75 will continue to refine the plan based on feedback from the Board. The draft plan will then be presented at the October Board of Trustees meeting for approval.
Campus Master Plan