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. Learn more about the Huss Center.

Phase II

Hugh K. Schilling math and science center (completed fall 2018)

Phase II of the Building Futures campaign was launched by a $15 million gift from SPA alumnus Hugh K. Schilling '43 for the construction of a new math and science center on the Randolph Campus. The gift was the funding cornerstone of the Hugh K. Schilling Math and Science Center, a state-of-the-art math, science, engineering, and computer science facility which opened in the fall of 2018. Rooted in three years of academic planning and curriculum innovation, our marvelous new facility will enable the school’s programs, faculty, and students to soar to new heights. Learn more about the Schilling Center.

The Hugh K. Schilling Math and Science Center was the first and signature piece of a comprehensive, multi-year interior renovation of SPA’s Upper School (see below).

upper school renovation (Construction completed in spring 2019)

With the completion of the Hugh K. Schilling Math and Science Center, SPA did for humanities what we have done for math and science. Renovations of Old Main and the former math and science wing took place during the 2018-2019 academic year and the effort revitalized our classrooms, study and social spaces, and faculty and administrative offices.

Rooted in the needs of our academic program, the Upper School renovation is the bridge between the Huss Center for the Performing Arts and the Hugh K. Schilling Math and Science Center and has created a cohesive Upper School campus that is reflective of both the school’s history and exciting future.

Although the spaces have opened and are in use, there is still much to be done to bring this project to completion. We are looking to our entire SPA community to help raise the funds needed to complete this project through June 2020. 

SPA once again partnered 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 (opened in fall 2015) and the Hugh K. Schilling Math and Science Center (opened in fall 2018).

The campaign

Led by a Core Committee of volunteers, the three-year campaign effort will raise a collective $38.5 million in support of these vital building projects. This ambitious effort will only be successful with both broad and deep support from our alumni/ae, parents, and friends, and we are grateful to the 150 individuals and families who have already made commitments to this transformational effort at SPA. As of October 2, 2019, the campaign has raised $32,900,000 toward the project costs of $38,500,000 (85% of goal).

campaign Phases

The campaign is moving through a phased approach that will grow to include the full SPA community. These phases are a guide; we welcome conversations and gifts throughout the duration of the campaign.


Campaign Leadership

Libby Hlavka '82, Core Committee Co-Chair
Tim Welsh, Core Committee Co-Chair 
Anne Hooley 
David Kristal 
Tom Patterson '57

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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