Updates about Burgundy construction projects and the Campus Renewal Initiative.
On Wednesday our school community and many guests gathered to celebrate the dedication of The Logan Loft, named for alumni parent donors who inspired hundreds more donors in our community to fund construction, and the Campus Commons, which will honor longtime librarian Ann Van Deusen. The program opened with singing from the 7th grade “Burgundy Bellas” chorus; included remarks from Head of School Jeff Sindler, Board of Trustees President Joanne Petty, and Campaign Chair Charlie Rawls; and concluded with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting.
The true celebration started Tuesday night, however, during the first Arts Festival in the new space. The gallery is full of artwork from Burgundy students, completed throughout the year in classes and groups, focusing on various art media and techniques. Several students also offered musical performances during the event. If you missed it, the art remains on display.
Burgundy once again extends thanks to all the donors to this Campus Renewal project, who have made it possible to transform our Alexandria campus by building The Logan Loft and Campus Commons. Soon, look for an opportunity to suggest an official name for the Campus Commons, recognizing Ann Van Deusen’s legacy at Burgundy.
Two upcoming events will help us celebrate the transformation our new spaces are having on Burgundy’s curriculum and community. Mark your calendar and plan to join us!
First, the inaugural Arts Festival in the new building will showcase work from every Burgundy student. This is a new location for a longtime Burgundy tradition. The annual Arts Festival is nearly 30 years old! Join us 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, to see the art and enjoy student musical performances and light refreshments.
The following morning, Wednesday, April 11, at 8:40 a.m., the entire school will gather for a dedication of the new building and Campus Commons. A brief program will include remarks and music. Afterwards, adult guests are invited to join us for coffee and pastries as students head back to class. Please note that this is an outdoor event, and in the case of inclement weather it will be postponed to Wednesday, May 2. Unable to attend? We plan to broadcast the program via Facebook Live video on Burgundy’s Facebook page.
I am happy to report that this week we received from Fairfax County our "Non-Residential Use Permit for the Burgundy Farm Country Day School Arts & Community Center!" Yes, this is the occupancy permit for the new building! We are beginning a gradual move-in and at this point our goal is for arts, drama, and music classes to meet in their new spaces in late February, sometime after President’s Day weekend. Our maintenance team and some contractors are finishing punch-list items and completing other tasks to make sure the building is ready for our students and faculty, and we’re expecting one more visit from the fire marshal. But slowly and surely, we’re moving in!
We will start making limited use of the building next week, beginning with the Annual Meeting of the Corporation Tuesday night, which will be in the theater/community room. All parents and guardians are welcome. Please register if you plan to attend. Then we’ll invite all our students inside for our regular all school meeting Wednesday morning. We know they will be very excited!
Please save the date of Wednesday, April 11, for a brief dedication and celebration of the new building and Campus Commons. The building will be officially named in recognition of a gift of over $1.5 million for Campus Renewal from Dan and Gloria Logan and The Reva & David Logan Foundation. Their gift supports both the building and the Campus Commons. As previously announced, the Campus Commons will be dedicated to the memory of longtime librarian, teacher, alumni parent, and grandparent Ann Van Deusen.
Many members of the Burgundy community past and present have been involved in almost a decade of planning for and execution of this project. We are delighted that the construction was accomplished so briskly, having kicked off just over a year ago when demolition began on the old Loft. We appreciate everything that everyone in the community has contributed to this effort—from design and use feedback to donations to patience during the demolition and construction process. The Arts & Community Center and the Campus Commons will be a gift for our students and our entire community now and for many generations to come!
While the fence is down, work continues on the Campus Commons and inside the Arts & Community Center!
Initial landscaping and the installation of lighting continues on the Campus Commons. Our access to the Commons varies depending on the amount of work being done. Please be alert and avoid areas where work is happening. Additional landscaping will be done in the spring.
Ongoing punch-list work inside the building includes floor finishing, painting, and installation of the audio/visual and lighting technology in the community/theater room, so contractors are still coming and going. In the coming weeks, our maintenance team will also be working in the building.
We do not yet have an estimated date of occupancy. Students and adults alike must stay out of the building and off the porch and bridge until we have occupancy approved and make an announcement.
As work progresses on the Campus Commons, workers will be replacing some fencing with other barriers, including orange plastic snow fencing and lines of caution tape. The replacement is necessary to allow work to continue along the perimeters of the construction area. Please respect these barriers as you would regular fencing and stay out of the work zone.
We believe that next week regular access will be restored to the Library and French classrooms.
While work is continuing inside the building, the most visible progress the last several days has been outside on the Campus Commons. Workers have begun installing the multi-colored asphalt pavers that create the top surface of the Commons. While pavers are being installed, access to the library requires going around the back (orchard and garden side) of the building. We appreciate your understanding and patience as construction progresses.
When complete, we’re happy to share that the Campus Commons will be dedicated to Ann Van Deusen, longtime Burgundy librarian and alumni parent and grandparent. Ann retired from Burgundy in June 2015 and passed away later that year.
The new bridge from the Gym and Middle School is being built and will connect to the Art & Community Center’s big porch, which will have benches and other seating areas.
In the last several months, we've seen a lot of progress on the new Arts & Community Center and Campus Commons. Some alumni, alumni families, and former faculty and staff have joined us for "inside the fence" construction tours to see the spaces still under construction and imagine the amazing future that awaits our current students and faculty soon!
If you're interested in visiting campus and getting an up-close look at the construction in progress, please reach out! We certainly hope you'll join us soon enough when the building is open and the Campus Commons, dedicated to longtime faculty member Ann Van Deusen, is complete.
Want to learn more? Review information about the Arts & Community Center, Campus Commons, and opportunities to support their completion!
We're continuing to raise money and want to be sure that everyone in our community is invited to participate in this landmark project that improves our campus for generations to come. We encourage you to consider a gift to the comprehensive Building Our Future campaign. Jeff Sindler or Michele McCabe are happy to talk if you'd like to structure a gift. If you're ready to give now, you can make an online donation to the Capital Campaign by credit card.
The latest update from Forrester Construction, our contractor for the new Arts & Community Center and Campus Commons, is now available. It offers a photo tour of the community spaces and classrooms in the new building.
While work continues inside the building, subcontractors have also been busy recently on the Campus Commons, adding layers to its surface. Asphalt was added this week as one base layer. The top layer of the Campus Commons -- coming soon as work progresses -- will be multi-colored pavers made from recycled asphalt in a random pattern, creating a safe surface for the multipurpose, central space that will be easy for students, teachers, and families to use every day and during special events. Recall that the above-ground trench drains on the Campus Commons direct water to an eco-friendly stormwater vault to collect and filter rainwater, allowing it to percolate into the ground slowly to protect the surrounding watershed.
Campus renewal work continues outside and inside! On the future Campus Commons, workers have poured the concrete footers for a low, curving stone wall that will delineate the area. Most of the materials for the wall are on site so you'll see it taking shape soon.
Work is also continuing in and around the building, with more sides of the building clad in hardiplank siding and noticeable work on the porch, including the installation of the deck planks and roof beams. Forrester Construction and subcontractors are working closely with Dominion Energy to set up electricity for the building soon, which will allow the building's HVAC to come online so that more finishings can be installed inside.
Forrester has also alerted us that some siding work on the building will need to be redone. During a quality control check, reviewers discovered that the hardiplank on the front of the building had not been installed per required guidelines. To ensure we get the building we want for our current and future students, the subcontractor will remove this siding and reinstall it per manufacturer's specifications at their own expense. We intend to reuse as much of the siding as possible, but may have to reorder some quantity. This work will happen over the next several weeks.
As visitors to campus may have noticed, accessing the library and French classroom still requires going around the back of the building. The work has taken longer than expected, and with the recent wet weather the work and the temporary access will take another week at least. The contractors are creating trench drains and spreading the sub-base material ahead of installation of asphalt pavers in the area. We apologize for any inconvenience.
We're happy to share that we've achieved a big construction milestone this week: power is now on in the Arts & Community Center building! This allows workers to test and begin using the mechanical equipment inside.