The Campaign for Cardigan 2020
Our community constantly works to assess Cardigan’s health and identify strategies for a sustainable future. Since 2012, the results of this ongoing process have been captured in The Strategic Plan for Cardigan 2020. To help bring the School’s long-term goals to fruition, The Campaign for Cardigan 2020 helps fund initiatives identified within the Strategic Plan.
The deep commitment of family, friends, trustees, and alumni working as one for Cardigan creates a powerful force for change. Since 2009, the Campaign has strengthened Cardigan’s program, facilities, and endowment. Our goal now is to continue growth in each area, harnessing this strength to advance our academic program. Along with endowed fund initiatives, the current priority for the Campaign for Cardigan 2020 is the completion of Wallach and the Academic Quad Project. Both projects are designed to help Cardigan infuse our educational philosophy into all aspects of academic life.
In May 2019, Cardigan celebrated the start of construction with a ceremonial groundbreaking attended by students, parents, trustees, faculty, staff and administration.
The 19,000-square foot building will serve as a new hub for active, creative, and experiential learning, and will be situated along Back Bay Road between the Chapel and Stoddard Center. In recognition of years of dedicated vision, direction, and support from former parent and Trustee Emerita Diane G. Wallach H’16, P’06, the building will be named “Wallach.”
Construction is scheduled to be completed during summer of 2020. An opening celebration is planned for September 2020, coinciding with Cardigan’s 75th anniversary—a fitting way to celebrate the dawn of a new era!
Current Initiative: The Academic Quad Project
The construction of Wallach presents an opportunity to create a true academic quad at Cardigan, concentrating the academic center of campus, elevating our program and enhancing the natural beauty of The Point.
The current fundraising initiative, the Academic Quad Project, reclaims space in the Chapel basement for a Music Center and redesigns Bronfman Hall into a Science Center, both moving Cardigan forward in our vision for active and collaborative learning at Cardigan. In alignment with the Wallach project, key program objectives have informed project design:
Collaborative and Active Learning
The Academic Quad Project will reflect and support the School’s educational philosophy, developing spaces for academic risk-taking and active learning. Its components should accommodate developments in both technology and curriculum; multi-use areas should support intentional academic intersections even as they foster the “happy accidents” that occur in collaborative spaces.
The Academic Quad Project will create connections between dedicated academic spaces with natural affinities, and also position traditional classrooms near breakout spaces. This will simplify transitions from individual to collaborative curricula, and encourage collaborations between faculty, departments, and classes.
The Academic Quad Project will take advantage of increased classroom space in ways that positively impact the entire academic program. Departments should both expand and converge; faculty members who currently “roam” should receive assigned classroom space; faculty should have the ability to schedule labs or double-blocks without space constraints.
Your support of these efforts has made even the loftiest goals achievable. I invite you to reflect on how far we’ve come together, and on how our combined efforts have created the momentum to carry Cardigan forward. Today a new opportunity challenges us to build for the future. There is more work to be done, and—now more than ever—I look forward with excitement, because I know what we can accomplish together.
Head of School Chris Day P'12,P'13