Since purchasing the property back in 2007, Fay has used the space for faculty housing, but this summer, it is being gutted, expanded, and renovated for student use. When it became apparent that there was an opportunity to use the building to improve Fay’s residential life program, Head of School Rob Gustavson and Director of Advancement Ann Wardwell set out to raise the $1.5 million needed to convert the building. Due to an overwhelming and generous response from members of the Fay community, the money was raised by winter of 2018, making it possible for the dorm to be open by this fall.
Ann Wardwell notes that Fay’s Facilities Committee, which includes trustees Jim Shay ’78, P’15, ’17, Ann Laquerre P’16, Brendon Giblin ’92, P’21, ’25, ’28, Bill Picardi P’92, Albert Ting ’87, and Harvey Steinberg GP’02, ’05, ’14, ’15, has been instrumental in the success of the project.
When complete, the final space will be nearly 7,000 square feet, with 11 student rooms (singles and doubles), two faculty apartments, four student bathrooms, a kitchenette, and a spacious common area. The view won’t be too bad, either, with large windows facing out onto the Parkerville fields and the Sudbury Reservoir.
This fall, the dorm will be home to 18 8th and 9th grade boarding students, as well as faculty members/dorm parents Katie Frazzette and Heidi Qua.
While the number of dormitories on campus is increasing, the number of boarders is not. “The new dorm gives us more flexibility in making sure that every boarder can enjoy an optimal housing experience,” explains Alan Clarance, Director of Finance and Operations. “In this way, the entire boarding community will benefit.”
Be sure to check out Fay’s Facebook page throughout the summer for photo updates on construction!