With the new school year, Pace Head of School Fred Assaf grows even more excited about the proposed new master campus plan. The plan includes a new lower school building to replace the Randall House, an increase in the number of parking spots available to students, a new practice field and tennis court, and a new natatorium and wellness center.
Pace purchased the Randall House in 1976 from the Randall family to be used as fine arts program space. At the time, it was a single family home adjacent to the school. It eventually came to house the Lower School, with an additional classroom building added in 1983. The proposed construction plan calls for a new state-of-the art building to include science classrooms, STEAM and Design and an Academic Resource Center (ARC) for the lower school to replace the Randall House. The lower school classroom building will remain.
In addition to the new lower school building, the lower field just beyond the back upper school parking lot will be turned 90 degrees in order to add additional parking for upperclassmen. A new practice field and tennis court will be added to Pace mountain.
Before the building of any new buildings and facilities can begin, Mr. Assaf is working with the school’s neighbors to seek their input and support. Only then will Mr. Assaf launch a public campaign to raise funds for the new projects. “We want to start building yesterday,” joked Mr. Assaf, but in reality Pace hopes to break ground at the end of this school year if all goes well.
Following the release of the new campus plans online, many Pace Academy students raved over one particular aspect: the parking. “I have seen a lot of the juniors attempt to park this year and it was horrible,” said sophomore Tripp Trimble. “I heard about the new parking plans and I am really excited that parking will be a lot easier for me when I can start driving to school.”
Mr. Assaf is particularly excited for the new lower school building. Although overlooked by many of the high school students, the lower school has not been updated for many years and is in need of an upgrade. “You high schoolers live in this beautiful facility which is modern, fits everyone and has all of the materials you need… but that is not the experience we are having in the Lower School right now,” said Mr. Assaf.
The master plan calls for a natatorium to be built on the grounds of the Assaf’s house, necessitating the house to be torn down. The existing natatorium in the middle school will become a multipurpose event and performance space. The master campus plan can be found on the Pace website, www.paceacademy.org.