Stanstead College Head of School Michael Wolfe joined trustees Judith Cowen and Ellen Bounsall along with students and faculty this morning to break ground for a new residence exclusively for Grade 12 students.
This residence will meet the growing demand for accommodation and provide our graduating students the sense of what it is like to live at university.
It will be the first new residence at the school since the opening of Webster House in 1991.
The new residence will resolve two issues at the College. With increased enrollment, particularly in the higher grades, the senior residences have reached maximum capacity. Secondly, the new residence will recognize the fact that our Grade 12s are transitioning to adulthood and should therefore have certain privileges not afforded the younger students.
“We want to make your transition to university even better and we feel that this type of residence is going to help with that because most of the residences you’re going to move into for university truly are co-ed,” said Mr. Wolfe.
While the residence will be co-ed, it will have separate wings for boys and girls, with no shared entry point except the front door. It will be constructed between the existing Amaron Gymnasium and Alumni House at the northwestern corner of campus.
The residence is expected to be ready for the fall of 2019. The contractor for the project is Tijaro Inc.
Mrs. Cowen, a member of the school's property committee, and Ms. Bounsall, a member of the new residence committe, joined Mr. Wolfe in a ceremonial groundbreaking, following which the current Grade 11s – the future first residents of the new building – gathered around for a photo.
25,000 square feet on 3 levels
Residence capacity is 60 beds with 3 double rooms that can be part of either the boys or girls wing, depending on need.
The boys wing and the girls wing will each have an apartment for a house director and assistant house director.
Ground floor lounge will be co-ed and offer seating, a television and a fireplace.
Individual lounges on the basement level for boys and for girls
The project is being financed through donations from alumni, friends and private foundations.