Providing a framework for the school community on DCD’s 16-acre campus, the proposed expansion and renovation reinforces DCD’s mission and reflects the balance of arts, academics, and athletics at the School. The insertion of a new 350-seat Performing Arts Center allows the Primary, Lower, and Middle Schools to gather in a single space, offers a rich range of seating and performance configurations visually connected to the landscape, and is integrated into the life of the School. Its physical location alongside a generous cascading stair creates a vibrant daily path connecting the Lower and Middle Schools with the arts. A relocated Library, situated opposite the Performing Arts Center, opens to the south light and views of the Blue Hills.
Features of the Phase 1 Lower School Expansion include new and renovated classrooms, and shared reading rooms to accommodate an expanding Lower School enrollment; and a commitment to sustainability in low-impact site development, high-efficiency envelope, and reduced energy consumption.