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Fall Dedication Weekend

10.12.12 / Emmy Yamaguchi

Most of our academic clients follow a construction schedule that gets the busiest while the students and faculty leave for summer vacation. This is so the project can be completed in time for the start of the fall semester and ARC successfully met this schedule for three exciting projects at three New England independent schools.  It just so happened they all decided to hold their dedication ceremonies on the same weekend!

Portsmouth Abbey School - St. Martin’s House (Friday, 9/21)

Philip Laird, Principal-in-Charge and Jan Taylor, Project Manager attended the ceremony on the picturesque Naragansett Bay.  The project, a 27,000-square-foot residence hall for boys, is now known as St. Martin’s House and some of its “green” features include solar panels on the roof, a super-insulated building envelope, as well as energy and water efficient fixtures.  Headmaster Dr. James DeVecchi led the ceremony and Abbot Matthew Stark, Portsmouth's longest-serving superior, blessed the new structure to conclude the ceremony.


Worcester Academy - Morse Field and Support Building (Saturday, 9/22)

Philip Laird, Principal-in-Charge, attended the dedication of Morse Field (designed by Stantec) at Worcester Academy.  ARC completed an Athletic Master Plan for the Academy which led the Academy on the course to construct the new turf field.  There was also a need to renovate the support building adjacent to the field so ARC worked with the school to renovate the existing structure so that it could house public restrooms, sports medicine training rooms, and mechanical systems supporting the field. 

The field was dedicated to longtime Academy Head of School, Dexter P. Morse (who recently retired) and his wife, Barbara.


Phillips Academy - William H. Brown Boathouse (Sunday, 9/23)

Philip Laird, Principal-in-Charge and Katie Archard, Project Architect attended the dedication ceremony for the newly repurposed William H. Brown Boathouse on the Merrimack River. 

The 16,755-square-foot building had an interesting past life: the prefabricated metal building previously housed a truck repair facility, but the high ceilings and garage doors actually worked perfectly for the requirements the crew team had to store their boats and equipment into six boat bays. The new boathouse was dedicated to William H. Brown ’34, a revered former instructor, counselor, and crew coach at the Academy.



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