Progress on the Capital Campaign for the Steiner Campus
Creating a School for the Next 150 Years
Generations of Rowland Hall educators and students have proven that a fine PreK-12 education is attainable in just about any physical location. However, current and future generations of students—digital learners who will be called upon to analyze, synthesize, evaluate and create new knowledge—require more than a traditional, industrial-age school experience.
The benefits of creating a facility truly designed for 21st-century learning are enormous, and the plan for our entire school community to occupy one campus presents the following exciting possibilities:
- Enhanced curricular coordination between divisions and grade levels without the challenge of geographical distance and divisional separation
- Cross-grade and cross-division activities to enrich academic, recreational, service, and artistic experiences
- Mentoring programs
- Opportunities to gather together as one school to celebrate our sense of community through the arts, at sporting events, and other all-school occasions
- Integration of shared all-school programs such as technology, service learning, Rowmark Ski Academy and its junior programs, the chapel program and summer camps
At the heart of the Steiner Campus is the new home for the Middle School and the Upper School, where each school division will be oriented around a central atrium and garden courtyard. Shared spaces, hallways, and commons areas will provide generous space for team-based study, group meetings, and exhibitions of student art and classroom projects. This main building will also house the cafeteria, library, auxiliary learning, and administrative areas. Essential to the design of any new learning environment is an easily adaptable technological infrastructure.
Adolescent students require room to collaborate and engage in active, hands-on study. That is why each new Middle School classroom will be 130-square feet larger, on average, than existing Lincoln Street classrooms, and will be clustered by grade level that allow for team-based teaching. Each learning space will take full advantage of views from the site while maximizing the potential for natural lighting. Faculty will move lessons to easily accessible outdoor classrooms and gardens for applied learning, study, and reflection. Because hallways often become an extension of classrooms, the corridors of the new Middle School will provide commons and nooks for study, socializing, and meeting, in a way that fosters community.
Our physical education, athletics, and Rowmark Ski Academy training programs face serious space limitations on the Lincoln Street Campus. There's no doubt that all our recreational and competitive programs will improve on a new campus that will include a main gymnasium and a practice gymnasium, with ample locker room facilities and equipment storage space. The athletics complex will include:
- A main gym accommodating 600 spectators
- A practice gym seating 300
- An indoor track
- An up-to-date weight room with cardio and weights areas
- A physical therapy room
The Home of Rowmark Ski Academy: New facilities for Rowmark Ski Academy will be located adjacent to the athletic department and integrated into the life of the school with physical spaces worthy of our world-class, elite ski-training program located in the heart of the Wasatch Front. Rowmark athletes and coaches will enjoy direct access to the gym, training, track, and therapy facilities, and convenient areas for efficient loading and unloading of ski gear. In addition, the program will finally have adequate facilities of its own that will include a large ski-tuning workshop with lockers, workrooms for viewing training videos, and conference facilities.
In their extraordinary new environment, Upper School students will excel at the highest level. In all, the Upper School on the new Steiner Campus will be 33 percent larger. Laboratories and specialized spaces will be flexible, classrooms and storage areas will be spacious, and the layout will address a broad array of technological needs. There will be commons areas designed for groups to gather, collaborate, engage in creative pursuits, and relax. Upper School students will enjoy classrooms that are more consistently sized at 600 square feet, and they will access outdoor learning environments and other spaces that provide maximum support for science, art, technology, and media exploration. Technology will be seamlessly integrated and science labs will be flexible and fully equipped with digital enhancements. On the Lincoln Street Campus, the Upper School's wide corridors and hallways have become socially interactive focal points, allowing students to gather, while teachers, parents, and others pass by and participate in the spirit of the community. The new campus will maintain this tradition of active hallways with enhanced "sun lounges" to allow for gathering between lockers.
The Arts Center
The Steiner Campus' arts complex will give the arts greater presence. New, purpose-built studios, rehearsal rooms, performance spaces, offices, and exhibition galleries that are physically integrated into the life of our school will encourage students to opt for extracurricular arts activities and enhance art-making within the curriculum. Amenities will include:
- A new auditorium will be significantly more functional and spacious enough to accommodate 475
- A black box theater for teaching and presenting to smaller groups
- Studios, production, and storage space for visual art and ceramics studios
- A printmaking and drying room will be provided
- A studio for digital design and photography
- A tiered choral room for practice and small performances
- Acoustically designed rehearsal rooms
- A instrumental and choral practice space that will accommodate an audience of 100 people
- Dance studio areas with a spacious lobby that will serve as a breakout space
- A scene shop near the auditorium
- An industrial arts shop for wood and metal working
- A dedicated area for stage set construction and storage
The new cafeteria and library will be attractive, light-filled spaces where students will want to gather and linger. The new cafeteria will be spacious and its location on the western edge of the campus will feature a panoramic view of the Salt Lake valley and beyond. The library, centrally located off the main building's atrium, will be a multi-use space for studying, group meetings, and collaborative learning. It will be a haven for reading and relaxation, and a rich resource for technology-aided research.
Sophisticated technological competency will be expected from our students by the time they graduate from high school. Our students will use technologies that don't even exist today to creatively grapple with critical global issues. The rapidly changing nature of information technology requires a flexible design approach that invites adaptation over time.