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.
Current and future Projects
New Upper School
St. Paul’s is preparing to build a new, $25 million, 60,000-square foot Upper School building on the site of the existing Upper School. Ratcliffe Hall, completed in 1965, will be torn down. Fisher Hall, completed in 2010 and designed to be incorporated with a new Upper School building, will remain.
Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in Summer 2019 The process will take 15 months. During construction, Upper School classes will meet in available spaces throughout the campus, and in temporary learning cottages.
The project will right-size the Upper School to current enrollment levels. Ratcliffe Hall now houses 360 students in a space built for fewer than 300. The new building will provide our teachers the modern facility they need to educate today’s Upper School population. The building has been intentionally designed with classrooms, offices, and common areas that will foster the one-on-one interactions and relationships that are at the heart of the St. Paul’s experience. It features a central atrium, three student commons, state-of-the-art Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics Labs, and an expanded learning services center. Classrooms and faculty offices are grouped by academic discipline to further enhance collaboration.
The plan will also reroute the campus roadway behind the new Upper School, establishing an unbroken, vehicle-free quad extending between the Middle and Upper schools and strengthening connections between those divisions. This change will enhance campus safety and aesthetics.
Thanks to the Senior Class Gift of 2017, St. Paul's in undergoing a campus-wide signage project for both SP and SPSG that included the design, production, and installation of wayfinding signs for both pedestrians and vehicular traffic. The new signage will enable clear identification of roadways, buildings, fields, parking areas and other facilities; campus maps that orient viewers to key features; traffic control signs; and locations for banners and temporary signage for special events. The project is expected to be complete during the spring of 2018.
RECENTLY COMPLETED PROJECTS
Mitchell Stadium and Tullai Field Grandstand Update
On May 4, the School celebrated the opening of its new athletic facility and honored the legacy of two legendary teacher-coaches with the dedication of George L. Mitchell '44 Stadium and the re-dedication of Martin D. "Mitch" Tullai Field. This project updated the grandstand, press box, and storage and team facilities at Tullai Field, to better meet the needs of student-athletes and spectators alike.
"St. Paul's students learn valuable lessons in the classroom and on the athletic fields. This sparkling new stadium provides an appropriate venue for our student-athletes to learn those lessons," said Headmaster David C. Faus. "We are proud to honor two individuals who helped establish the teacher-coach ethos that remains integral to a St. Paul's education."
“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.”
Highlights of Mitchell Stadium include:
- Expanded and modernized grandstand seating for 1,000 spectators, including a central section of chairs with armrests and seatbacks;
- A new and expanded press box that supports games on both St. Paul's and SPSG's athletic fields;
- Team locker rooms inside the stadium;
- Expansive plazas at the northwest and southwest corners of the field that provide informal viewing and gathering areas for spectators;
- Infrastructure for future addition of bathrooms and stadium lights that will enable evening use of the fields.
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.
Nature Pavilion and Ropes Course
The 3,600-square-foot Nature Pavilion, supported by the Class of 2016 Senior Parent Gift, was constructed at the site of the Darrell House and provides 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. The facility includes a large covered classroom, stone fireplace, climbing wall, and wifi. The facility is being used for science classes, field study, buddy gatherings between divisions, green woodworking, physical 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.