Comprehensive Campus Plan
The Gunnery | Washington, Connecticut
Following the completion of their strategic plan, The Gunnery commissioned a comprehensive campus plan with the goal of identifying improvements that would enhance what the school does best while celebrating the extraordinary natural character of their campus.
Nine projects (inclusive of building, site, and landscape) were identified to be carried out over two decades, drawn from priorities which emerged through a facilities evaluation and discussions with the school community: 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.
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 this comprehensive campus plan to ensure a cohesive overall approach.
Landscape completed in association with Stephen Stimson Associates Landscape Architects.
Size: 220 acres