Comprehensive Campus Plan
The Gunnery | Washington, Connecticut
With strategic plan in place it was time for a campus plan that enhanced what the school does best and carefully preserved the campus’ extraordinary natural character. The priorities that emerged from a facilities evaluation and discussions with the school community were to: Embrace community on campus by creating new social, study, and residential spaces at several scales; provide a safe, walkable campus by consolidating the distinct academic and residential campuses, separating pedestrian and vehicular flows and improving the pedestrian crossing over a local highway; offer appropriately scaled and beautiful facilities to characterize a 21st century boarding school, particularly focused on STEM, technology and library spaces; and preserve and enhance the natural landscape through a dialogue with the outdoors, emphasizing views to the surrounding landscape from core spaces on campus. Nine projects (inclusive of building, site, and landscape) were identified to be carried out over two decades.
The campus plan followed a targeted athletics study completed by VMA in 2014 that proposed a four phased plan for implementing numerous desired upgrades within the confines of their existing athletics site. These ideas were incorporated into the more recent plan.
Landscape completed in association with Stephen Stimson Associates Landscape Architects.
Size: 220 acres