Capital Projects

Our capital projects will yield significant academic returns and long-lasting value to the School, while extending the spirit of community so central to our mission. It is critical that our facilities continue to set USM apart.

Projects include: The Jack Olson ’67 Commons, Performing Arts Center, Lubar Center for Innovation and Exploration, Bruce ’81 and Jennifer Lee Community Room, and Darrow Family Welcome Center.

CAPITAL PROJECTS
Capital
85%
Goal: $15 Million

Performing Arts Center

The performing arts are an essential part of the student experience at USM, from the first note heard in a preschool music class to the final bow taken on stage in the Virginia Henes Young Theatre.

Our collaborative arts programs—including the visual arts, drama, music, and dance—provide amazing opportunities for students to discover a passion and to hone an artistic skill. These arts experiences lead to success in other areas of life as students learn self-discipline, collaboration, problem solving, and public speaking.

Whether it is by picking up a paintbrush, a camera, a musical instrument or a script, our students are pushing themselves to new levels of achievement through the arts.

The quality of USM’s superb arts programs must be matched by the quality of our facilities. Our theatre was built in 1985 when USM consolidated its two campuses, and is now in need of enhancement.

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Jack Olson ’67 Commons

The feeling of community is everywhere — in our hallways, classrooms, and advising groups, on our athletic fields, in the smiles of our youngest students, and in the memories of our oldest alumni.

Ask our teachers, students, parents, and alumni about their USM experiences, and inevitably they mention “community,” the defining attribute of our School.

The School is currently without a true center for campus life—a gathering place much like those now found at our peer independent schools and on college campuses across the country.

The new Olson Commons will enhance USM’s ability to promote our core belief in the power of community and of lasting relationships—and allow us to strengthen our traditional cultural touchstones.

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The Olson Commons will preserve and enrich our tradition of students dining with faculty. It will offer an atmosphere and space more conducive to fostering conversations, connections, and mentoring relationships.
We will be able to host important community-building events like the Senior Dinner, athletic banquets, parent gatherings, and alumni get-togethers onsite.
The Olson Commons will offer flexible-use areas for presentations, intimate gatherings, studying, and collaborative learning. It will also provide room for House meetings; in essence, a space to be used throughout the day.
A new lobby for the Upper School, with an elevator and separate entrance, will allow us to host off-hours events in the Olson Commons for alumni, parents, and the community.





Lubar Center for Innovation and Exploration

Terrific ideas often start with a spark, and not always a textbook. Real-world innovation requires the kind of intellectual horsepower that comes from roll-up-your-sleeves curiosity.

The world and the workplace are looking for the solvers and the doers—the bold thinkers who seize a “eureka” moment by taking vision to prototype and making it into something great. Colleges are looking for these kinds of students as well.

We are committed to fostering a culture of discovery and inquiry. Our students are equipped and inspired to solve real-world problems and to build skills that are both meaningful and marketable. We believe that our innovative programs and talented faculty provide our students with the entrepreneurial edge they will need in their future careers.

The new Lubar Center for Innovation and Exploration will serve as a central hub of experiential, technology-based experimentation and learning. Demand and interest are high. The current innovation spaces—the Upper School’s House of Technology, Nerdvana in the Middle School, and the Lower School’s Wildcat Creation Station—are utilized at full capacity by students.

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Bruce ’81 and Jennifer Lee Community Room and Darrow Family Welcome Center

Great things happen when great minds come together. This is evident every day among our School community members who dedicate themselves in so many ways to supporting the educational development of our students and contributing to the vitality of USM.

The Lee Community Room is a place for all of us, where parents and others can mingle, connect with teachers, exchange ideas, work on projects, and conduct volunteer meetings. Here we are able to share more than a passing hello at drop-off. The Darrow Family Welcome Center serves as a safe, efficient, and welcoming entryway for parents and visitors to the School. These are important spaces that help foster USM’s growth as a community.

Never underestimate the power of an impromptu parent-teacher conversation over a cup of coffee.

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