Campus Planning & Design
St. George's School | Middletown, RI
A holistic planning approach at St. George’s School led to truly comprehensive results that addressed their challenges and opportunities, helping to identify solutions that would strengthen the campus community and celebrate the school’s heritage.
The school’s historic seaside campus includes architecturally significant architecture balanced by more contemporary facilities. To establish a baseline for understanding their existing campus fabric, we partnered with environmental consultant firm The Stone House Group to produce a series of analyses and assessments. We engaged the school’s community in a hands-on working process to collaboratively develop central themes that would guide the planning framework: preserving and reinvigorating the historic campus core; reimagining residential & student life facilities to strengthen the community bond; and reconfiguring circulation to improve pedestrian safety and enhance the entrance sequence into campus.
A handful of key moves, supported by a small number of enabling projects, achieves these goals. Establishing the Dragon Quad as the heart of campus, nestled among the historic Chapel and other older buildings, brings new life to the historic campus core. Reconfiguring the administrative functions in the surrounding buildings leads to more efficient spatial utilization. Renovating existing dormitories and adding new faculty housing will help balance the student-to-faculty ratio on campus and will create spaces for students to socialize and create friendships. An improved and expanded dining hall will take advantage of views over the water to encourage students to linger at mealtime. Shifting vehicular circulation to the campus perimeter helps reduce traffic, as does redirecting service to the dining hall and facilities building.
The final report included a phasing plan to help guide the plan’s implementation, and we are currently working with the school on realizing phase one.
Size: 125 acres
Architecture, Interior Design, Historical Preservation, Planning, Landscape, Sustainability