Building Futures: The Campaign for SPA

SPA's students, faculty, and alumni/ae are among the most exceptional in the country. The school’s innovative curriculum and its culture of engagement and intellectual curiosity are a testament to the ideals of a strong liberal arts education. 

But no school can thrive by resting on its laurels, and we recognize that SPA’s current physical plant is no longer an adequate home for this dynamic institution. The time has come to create the spaces that will fully support the extraordinary teaching and learning that happens every day at SPA. This is the vision that is at the heart of Building Futures: The Campaign for St. Paul Academy and Summit School.

Phase I


Huss Center for the Performing Arts (completed fall 2015)

The first phase of the Building Futures campaign funded the construction of the Huss Center for the Performing Arts on the Randolph campus, which opened in the fall of 2015. The Huss Center is a state-of-the-art performance facility which was brought to life thanks to the vision and passion of John and Ruth '57 Huss, who were the first donors to the project. The campaign for the Huss Center for Performing Arts exceeded its original $19.2 million goal, raising $19.7 million. The Huss Center opened in the fall of 2015, winning multiple awards and providing an exceptional home for SPA's renowned performing arts program.

Phase II

Read Frequently Asked Questions about Phase II of the Building Futures campaign.

Hugh K. Schilling math and science center 

Phase II of the Building Futures campaign was launched by a $15 million gift for the construction of a new math and science center on the Randolph Campus. The donor of the gift is Hugh K. Schilling, Chairman of the Board of Horton Holding, Inc., an industrial and manufacturing company headquartered in Roseville, Minnesota. Schilling is a 1943 graduate of St. Paul Academy and holds a degree in Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Schilling's $15 million gift to SPA is the largest single donation ever made to an independent school in Minnesota. Read the official press release about the Schilling gift.

The gift will fund the Hugh K. Schilling Math and Science Center, a state-of-the-art math, science, engineering, and computer science facility. This marvelous new facility will comprise almost 40,000 square feet of classroom, laboratory, and collaborative space dedicated to science, engineering, math, and computer science learning.  Construction on the new building will begin in April 2017, with completion planned for August 2018. 

The Hugh K. Schilling Math and Science Center will be constructed on the northeast corner of SPA’s Randolph Campus. The school’s 1928 east wing addition will be demolished and the new facility built along Davern Street, connected to the school’s original building, Old Main, by a two-story glass passageway.  When completed, the Hugh K. Schilling Math and Science Center will total 38,977 square feet, increasing the school’s space for math and science by 14,000 square feet. This includes a learning area increase of 127% for science and 110% for math. View architectural drawings and renderings of the Hugh K. Schilling Math and Science Center.

Construction of the building will begin in the spring of 2017, with the demolition of the school's current east wing. The construction timeline calls for completion of the building in summer 2018, in time for the opening of the 2017-18 school year. SPA will once again partner with HGA Architects and Engineers on the design of the building, and with McGough on its construction. HGA and McGough worked with the school on the design and construction of the Huss Center for Performing Arts, which opened in the fall of 2015.

The Hugh K. Schilling Math and Science Center is the first and signature piece of a comprehensive, multi-year interior renovation of SPA’s entire Upper School, including classrooms, the library, faculty offices, and gathering spaces (see below).

upper school renovation

With the completion of the Hugh K. Schilling Math and Science Center in August 2018, SPA will embark on a comprehensive, multi-year interior renovation of the entire Upper School. This renovation will include humanities classrooms, the library, faculty offices, and gathering spaces. This renovation project will begin in earnest once the Hugh K. Schilling Math and Science Center is complete, and will include a total interior renovation of 28,393 square feet. 

The total cost of the entire project, including both the Hugh K. Schilling Math and Science Center and the Upper School renovation, is estimated at $38 million. A capital campaign to raise funds for the comprehensive renovation project is now underway. Learn more about the capital campaign.


1150 Goodrich Avenue, St. Paul MN 55105
Main school line: 651-698-2451
Goodrich front desk: 651-696-1560 
Goodrich attendance line: 651-696-1414
1712 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul MN 55105
Main school line: 651-698-2451
Randolph attendance line: 651-696-1410
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