Gun­ston an­nounces cam­pus ex­pan­sion

Record Observer - - School -

CENTREVILLE — The Gun­ston School has an­nounced a cam­pus ex­pan­sion in­clud­ing the con­struc­tion of a Wa­ter­front Ath­let­ics Com­plex.

In De­cem­ber, Gun­ston pur­chased a 3.5-acre par­cel of wa­ter­front prop­erty di­rectly ad­ja­cent to the eastern side of the cam­pus, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. This pur­chase, which adds both cam­pus hous­ing and ad­di­tional field space, will al­low Gun­ston to im­me­di­ately en­hance its ath­letic fa­cil­i­ties.

The ac­qui­si­tion of ex­panded cam­pus hous­ing will al­low a cur­rent cam­pus res­i­dence to be trans­formed into a 3000-square-foot fa­cil­ity that in­cludes a fit­ness and work­out space for all stu­dents, team rooms, pro­vi­sions for en­vi­ron­men­tal teach­ing and learn­ing and event fa­cil­i­ties for Gun­ston’s crew and sail­ing teams.

The prop­erty also will sup­port Gun­ston’s grow­ing out­door class­room and sum­mer pro­gram­ming needs. This sum­mer, YMCA Camp Gun­ston and Hori­zons at Gun­ston School will serve over 1,000 young men and women from around the re­gion.

With Gun­ston’s en­roll­ment hav­ing grown over 40 per­cent since 2010, the new prop­erty will sup­port the school’s long-term “foot­print” ex­pan­sion.

“It is an ex­cit­ing time at Gun­ston, and let me ac­knowl­edge the vi­sion and com­mit­ment of our Board of Trus­tees. With grow­ing en­roll­ment, ex­pand­ing aca­demic and ath­letic pro­grams, and a re­mark­ably tal­ented stu­dent body and fac­ulty, we be­lieve that the next few years her­ald a fur­ther strength­en­ing of our 107-year old school. The goal is to have this space op­er­a­tional by the 2017-2018 school year,” said Head­mas­ter John Lewis in a state­ment.

Gun­ston is an in­de­pen­dent co-ed col­lege prepara­tory school serv­ing grades 9 through 12. To learn more about Gun­ston, visit gun­ston.org.

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