Summer will bring a number of updates to Lakeside's campus so that students can return in the fall to improved arts, athletics, and community spaces. Larger planned projects include the following.
- Middle School performing arts facilities will receive a major renovation, with a new layout, soundproofing between classrooms and performances spaces, and new equipment in the Evans Theater. Construction will begin in May, and plans are in place for alternate class and program locations through the end of the school year. More information about this project is available in Director of Performing and Visual Arts Andrew Krus's spring arts update.
- The patio off the Fireplace Room will be converted into a covered extension of the student center, offering pingpong, foosball, and other activities. Creating additional space for students to unwind and engage with their classmates is a priority of Student Government, and the project emerged from a "space committee" convened by Head of School Bernie Noe in spring 2017. (June 2018 update: This project will be completed during the 1018-1019 school year.)
- Upper School performing arts improvements in St Nicholas Hall will include new riggings, teaching systems, audio/visual equipment, new seats, and updates to the finishes. Read more about this project in the spring arts update.
- Parsons Field and the Porter Family Track will undergo regularly scheduled maintenance. The field will be returfed, and the track will be repaired, resurfaced, and relined for soccer, lacrosse, and football. The remaining grass areas of Parsons Field (at the north and south edges) will also be turfed. While the industry standard is to replace turf every eight years, Lakeside's turf has lasted 11 years due the care provided by Lakeside's students and maintenance team, said Director of Athletics Chris Hartley. There is no anticipated impact on athletics camps for Lakeside's Summer School Programs.
We look forward to welcoming everyone back with these facilities improvements! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Lakeside's chief financial officer, Birage Tandon, or Dan Dawkins, director of facilities.