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Teamwork Knocks Out Buildings & Grounds’ Summer Project List

Summer is always a busy time for the Buildings & Grounds crew, who typically take advantage of empty academic buildings to get routine maintenance and campus improvement projects done. But this summer’s work — which got started earlier than usual due to students’ transition to remote learning in March — was anything but typical, as division-wide task force work on reconfiguring learning spaces to accommodate physical distancing and enhanced sanitation added numerous items to the to-do list. In the end, teamwork made it happen, with faculty and staff members pitching in on tasks such as removing extra furniture from classrooms and affixing directional signage to walls, floors and doors. 

The hardworking B&G staff also oversaw several building enhancements and make-overs. Read on for some highlights of their big projects!

With pandemic-mitigation efforts emphasizing the importance of maintaining a 6-foot physical distance, classrooms were reconfigured and extra furniture was removed in learning spaces across campus.

The B&G team made hundreds of these sturdy plexiglass dividers for students and teachers to use when sharing tables, such as during partner work or meeting in small groups with teachers.

Signs to help students and teachers safely navigate hallways, stairwells and other spaces — as well as reminders about wearing face coverings and physical distancing — have been added to all campus buildings.

To help prevent the spread of germs, additional hand-sanitizer stations have been added across campus. Due to a widespread shortage of such supplies, the B&G team made dozens of stands for gallon-size jugs of hospital-grade hand sanitizer.

In another enhancement to prevent the spread of germs, drinking fountains across campus have been replaced with bottle-refilling stations.

A new sight all over campus is white tents of various sizes, which will provide students and faculty with a shaded spot to spread out and enjoy fresh air during class or a short break in their busy day.


The new Middle School front entrance provides a secure point of entry for students and faculty as well as a dedicated place for parents to drop off items for their children during the day.

To provide more students with a comfortable and isolated resting place should they become sick during the school day, the Jones Health Center has added a Lower School health annex — in the modular building where Mr. Knox’s science classroom used to be — that keeps our youngest Ravens from having to walk as far to see the nurse.

The RavenZone school store has also taken up residence in a new spot: a modular building nestled among the pines in front of Richards Hall. Store hours remain the same, but capacity limits are in place to give everyone inside the store more room to move about safely.

As we announced last January, the old RavenZone space has been remodeled to create a spacious training center for the school’s wrestling team. The center will be outfitted with state-of-the-art fitness equipment.

Over in the A.E. Finley Activity Center, the space over the new weight room has been given new life as well. The room originally overlooked the auxiliary gym but was enclosed in the 1980s. With this renovation, a wall of windows now fills the area with natural light, and equipment supporting cardio, conditioning and stretching has been installed.

The new cardio room isn’t all that’s happening in the Finley Center! The building has been central to students’ experiences since its dedication in 1974. Supporting its namesake’s passion for community, activity and philanthropy, the center has housed athletics, fitness and physical education, schoolwide gatherings, fine arts, fundraising and more. As the new fencing around the building suggests, it’s about to get a major make-over. Over the summer, Athletics offices were relocated in preparation for the work.

Ravenscroft has announced a significant renovation and expansion of the Finley Center. The new Center for Student Life at the A.E. Finley Activity Center will deliver a 33,000-square-foot facility with features including a dining hall for Middle and Upper School students, large- and small-group meeting areas, wellness and meditation rooms and a revamped school store. The approximately 18-month project has just gotten underway and represents a significant partnership between Ravenscroft and teams of architects, contractors and workers.