Comprehensive Campus Plan
The Pennington School | Pennington, New Jersey
The Pennington School sought a master plan to evaluate and reprogram the academic space on their historic campus, and to consider locations and appropriate sizes for potential new buildings. Working closely with faculty and School leadership to analyze existing programming and scheduling, we established which classrooms were adequate for their needs and which could not be adapted to contemporary classroom standards. We determined that the Pennington curriculum would be taught best across classrooms of varying size and type, and then guided the school’s transition to flexible scheduling from more traditional single-purpose room scheduling.
Our plan identified four overlapping zones on campus: Academic, Social, Fitness/Arts, and Administrative. It offered a suite of options at varying price points which enabled the school to choose projects and construction priorities that best suited their institutional abilities. The implementation of those projects is now almost complete, and the school has noted a marked increase in their admissions pipeline that is directly attributable to the new campus improvements.
Updates to the plan in 2015 and 2017 re-aligned development priorities based on feedback from the early stages of the plan. These updates expanded the scope of the plan to include additional work in back-filled buildings, and a complete evaluation of faculty and student housing needs. The latter includes creation of an on-campus “Faculty Village” and restructuring each student dormitory to create a mix of faculty types overseeing each group of students, seeking to create a family-style model of dorm parenting.
Size: 47.2 acres