Campus Projects at St. Paul's
St. Paul’s School has recently completed a comprehensive campus Master Planning process. In the coming months and years, this Master Plan will guide the School’s growth. Learn more about the Master Plan and keep track of ongoing and upcoming campus infrastructure projects here.
The Master Plan provides a vision for the St. Paul's School campus to support many of the strategic plan's initiatives. While not all projects depicted in the Master Plan are currently slated to be undertaken, or even in the planning stages, the Master Plan offers a blueprint for how the campus might grow and develop in the short-term and in the decades to come.
Nature Pavilion and Ropes Course
The 3,600-square-foot Nature Pavilion, supported by the Class of 2016 Senior Parent Gift, will be built at the site of the Darrell House and will provide an outdoor learning space where our community can interact with nature, teach outdoor skills, explore problem solving, enhance teamwork, develop leadership skills, understand natural elements, and promote spirituality. Possible features for the facility include a large covered classroom, stone fireplace, climbing wall, and wifi. We anticipate the Pavilion having solar panels to reduce the carbon footprint. This facility could be used for science classes, field study, buddy gatherings between divisions, green woodworking, physcial education, leadership training, outdoor assemblies and chapel services, alumni gatherings, class picnics and activities, social events, and more.
The nature center and related site improvements provided a catalyst to reinvigorate the ropes course. The first phase of the ropes course was made possible by the generosity of the Class of 2015 Senior Parent Gift. Further renovated and re-opened in 2016, the ropes course is used for class activities, the Outdoor Club and summer camp.
Located in the courtyard at the center of the Lower School building, the St. Paul's Community Garden is a space to nurture bodies and minds and foster educational opportunities for students in all divisions. The Community Garden features a pond, greenhouse, chicken coop, composting area, and native and non-native animals and plants. The garden enhances our integrated curriculum, provides summer activities, welcomes admissions tours, and furthers the Green Committee's goals.
Tullai Field Grandstand Update to Improve Safety and Comfort of Athletes and Fans
St. Paul’s is moving forward with plans to update the grandstand, press box, and storage and team facilities at Tullai Field, to better meet the needs of student-athletes and spectators alike.
“These are much-needed improvements to an aging facility that will enhance the safety and comfort of everyone who attends or plays in a game at Tullai Field,” said Athletic Director Paul Bernstorf. “We’ll also improve the impression of St. Paul’s given to visitors to this highly used, highly visible part of our campus.”
Seating in the grandstand will be expanded and modernized. A renovated and expanded press box will support games on both the St. Paul’s and SPSG fields. Plazas at the north and south corners of the field will include locker rooms and equipment storage, as well as provide shelter for teams in the event of lightning or other weather events. These plazas will also provide informal viewing and gathering area for spectators. Provisions will be made to potentially add bathrooms in a future phase.
Work is tentatively scheduled to begin later in the 2016-17 academic year. The exact start date will depend on a number of factors, including permit approvals, athletic schedule including playoffs, weather, and the contractor’s schedule.
An 8,000-square-foot steel on slab barn, adjacent to Greenspring Valley Road and not visible from campus or the roadway, will house the building and grounds staff and equipment for St. Paul’s School. Relocating maintenance vehicles and equipment to the new facility will enhance student safety on the upper campus, increase the efficiency of the buildings and grounds effort, and open up existing spaces on the main campus to be repurposed to instructional purposes.
Status: Permit request and site plan have been reviewed and recommended by Maryland Department of Planning.