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.
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.
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 gift is the funding cornerstone of the Hugh K. Schilling Math and Science Center, a state-of-the-art math, science, engineering, and computer science facility. 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.
Comprised of almost 40,000 square feet of classroom, laboratory, and collaborative space dedicated to science, engineering, math, and computer science learning, this new building will provide the space for SPA’s unique culture to flourish. Construction began in the spring of 2017 and is currently underway, with completion planned for August 2018. View architectural renderings of the Hugh K. Schilling Math and Science Center.
The Hugh K. Schilling Math and Science Center is the first and signature piece of a comprehensive, multi-year interior renovation of SPA’s Upper School (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 encompass 28,393 square feet of humanities classrooms, the library, faculty offices, and gathering spaces.
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 $38.5 million. A capital campaign to raise funds for the comprehensive renovation project is now underway (see below).
SPA is once again partnering 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.
Lead 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 those who have already made commitments to this transformational effort at SPA. As of November 15, 2017, the campaign has raised $20,562,997 toward $38,500,000 (53.4% of goal).
The entire SPA community will be engaged in phases through 2019. The phases below are meant as a guide; all gifts of all sizes are welcome throughout the campaign.
- Cornerstone Phase, August 2016-August 2018: Gifts of $100,000 and up
- Leadership Phase, September 2018-June 2019: Gifts of $50,000 and up
- Community Phase, July-December 2019
Libby Hlavka, Core Committee Co-Chair
Tim Welsh, Core Committee Co-Chair