We have completed several capital campaign projects in the past seven years, and are proud to boast that all of our improvement projects are fully funded by our dedicated donors and no money comes out of our operational budget.
In 2015, the Middle School building was re-envisioned to include collaborative learning spaces, a robotics lab, art studio and "campfire" area used for various classes. The project was made possible by the generosity of: the Doyle Family, the Lea Family, the Mallah Family, the Odland Family, the Ruppel Family, the Weinstock Family, the White Family Foundation, and two additional, anonymous friends of Saint Paul's.
In 2017, a building that formerly housed our music and drum classrooms, was renovated to create space for our Business Office, Advancement Office, Auxiliary Programs staff as well as a farm table for meetings, and a large conference room. This project was made possible by the generosity of: the Paul Family, the Ruppel Family and an anonymous Saint Paul's family.
In the summer of 2018, Saint Paul's began a $1.1 million capital campaign for the transformation of our front office building into a beautiful "White Box Theatre" and refurbished offices, as well as a secure new entry to the school. This project was a beautiful tribute to the life of one of our Founders, Mr. William Burchenal, Jr., who passed away in 2016. Capital Donors included: an anonymous donor, the Robert J. and Jennifer J. Banks Foundation, Mr. Gerald Benstock, Christine and Jeff Besse, the Burchenal Family Foundation, the duPont-Schaffer Family, Molly and Clark Lea, the Mallah Family, Mrs. Carol Marquardt, Ginger and Jim Phillips, the Ruppel Family, Wendy and John Thomas, and Brenda and Gene Whitehead. In addition, naming opportunities were purchases by several constituents for the theater chairs.
We are truly grateful for the dedication of these supporters which allowed Saint Paul's to complete these vital improvements.
In January 2020, Saint Paul’s was gifted $1.9 million to reimagine and renovate our technology and library buildings. Our silent campaign was launched with a transformative $1,000,000 gift from the Doyle Family. That gift was followed by a $500,000 gift from the Mallah Family. An anonymous gift came soon afterward, and then gifts from the Ruppel Family and Vinod and Beata Somareddy completed our campaign. We owe an incredible debt of gratitude to these deeply committed families whose generosity fully-funded our sixth capital campaign in five and a half years. It is only through their selflessness that we were able to embark on capital projects of this magnitude without incurring debt or using tuition dollars.
Today, the reconstruction of two buildings, approximately 8,000 square feet, is complete. The former technology building was renovated and repurposed to become Doyle Towne Landing. The entire building has been redesigned for students eight weeks through third grade. It includes a new infant room, two additional waddler rooms, stroller parking, and a room for nursing mothers. All of this surrounds a new, age-appropriate, “Under the Sea” themed library for students in Squires through third grade. A giant whale doubles as a desk and book return. The whale’s eye and spout light up each time a book is returned.
The former library, now the Mallah Engineering and Design Studio, is nearly unrecognizable after the transformation into a state-of-the-art engineering and design studio showcasing a larger, MIT-approved Fabrication Lab for our Middle School students. This expanded space provides a “dust room” for woodworking, as well as, a “clean room” for our more sensitive and advanced technologies. The Fabrication Lab has been lovingly renamed the Walker Idea Farm, in honor of Mr. and Mrs. James T. Walker, who gifted Saint Paul’s our first computer center in 1983. This new environment will allow us to offer cutting edge signature programs for years to come. We are grateful to the commitment to innovation by the generosity of the Mallah Family.
Adjacent to the Walker Idea Farm is a similar, age-appropriate space for our Lower School and Summit students, the Somareddy Science Lab, thanks to the donation by the Somareddy Family. As the driving force behind our science and technology curriculum, this space houses 3-D printers, robotics, and scientific equipment to expose and engage our younger learners with meaningful and relevant technologies. The infamous “pit”, has been preserved, but upgraded to include an automatic screen and blackout shades, as well as, comfortable riser seating.
Thanks to the generosity of the Ruppel Family: our parents Chris and Christine and grandparents, Dennis and Pat, the Mallah Engineering and Design Studio also includes a café to promote collaboration and socialization between all school constituents while providing coffee to adults, smoothies to our students, as well as other breakfast and lunch essentials. The Rupple Family affectionately named the café after their grandfather's sailboat, "Take Five". Stop in to enjoy this beautiful space and meet our professional Barista.