This campaign supports the realization of our 2016 master plan. The master plan was developed through a process that began by evaluating each of our existing spaces and their ability to support the academic priorities of our 2015 strategic plan. Working with KSQ Design, the school used its 2015 Strategic Plan as a blueprint to guide the new master plan, looking exhaustively at current space before imagining new ones. The aim was to create more flexible learning spaces, more community spaces, and a more intentional overall campus plan while ensuring each building suits our 21st century needs.
The campaign is phased over a multi-year period, and began in summer 2017 with four projects: the Kindergarten building modernization, the 7th and 8th Grade Commons, the Robotics Lab, and the Idea & Design Lab in Lindenwold.
In summer 2018, construction began on the new Peck Commons building, which will ultimately replace the Old Gym and Dining Hall and open Lindenwold's timeless beauty to South Street. The building will include a larger dining room and adjacent multipurpose space, an expanded kitchen, two music classrooms, a new InDeCoRe Lab, as well as two terraces.
Additionally, we have completed some meaningful renovations to Higgins Library. Construction on The Peck Commons will continue through the 2018-19 school year and wrap up in summer 2019, along with a handful of additional summer renovations, including the Kirby Lower School addition and science lab expansion, as well as the conversion of the current music rooms in Eckert-Huff to new 6th-8th grade science labs, completing our STEAM wing.
Finally, the last phase of the construction will include site work to create a new quad in front of Lindenwold, and will add 25 new parking spaces to enhance the traffic flow for drop-off and pick-up.
Projects will be funded by the capital campaign and a limited amount of financing to cover the difference between funds raised and building costs, and to bridge the timing gap between construction expenses incurred and pledge collection.
Dining Program: In order to start construction on The Peck Commons, in March 2018 we demolished the dining hall up to where the students enter the kitchen. The dining program was moved to the Old Gym, which will allow us to continue our family dining program. In March of 2019, the Old Gym will be demolished to allow us the necessary time to complete the extensive campus site work. At this point, the dining program will either be moved to the Manzo Gym in the athletic center.
Recess: The current recess field will be completely off limits during the 2018-19 academic year as it will be the staging area for construction. Instead, the athletic fields and the athletic center will be utilized for recess. In 2018, eighth-grade students spent their Minimester designing potential recess equipment, and we hope to use some of their ideas on our new playground which will be installed during the summer of 2019. When completed, the Lindenwold quad will be open for recess and will not be off limits to students!
Assemblies and Performances: We will continue to have divisional and all-school assemblies throughout the construction process. Most Upper School assemblies will be held in the EH Commons and most Lower School and all-school assemblies will be held in the Diebold Athletic Center. Any performance that requires the stage (grade-level performances, talent show, US Musical, 8th-grade play) will still occur in the Old Gym so that the stage can be utilized. On the days of the performances, students will be asked to pack bag lunches so that the tables can be removed from the space to allow for the necessary seating.
We hold ourselves to the highest expectations when it comes to maintaining the safety and security of all on campus. Peck's security team and administration will be working closely with the construction site manager throughout the entire project.
All individuals working on campus, with all construction contractors and vendors, undergo background checks and a thorough vetting process through their employer. Each worker checks in and out of campus daily. Our academic buildings will remain locked during the day, and we will continue to enforce our badge identification system and check-in protocol (all guests must check in at Lindenwold and receive a visitor's badge).
In addition, all construction areas will be fully screened off, with every precaution taken to ensure that no student ever accesses the live construction site.
The addition of a Morristown police officer to direct traffic and patrol campus daily has also greatly enhanced our security presence.
Please contact Lauren Spirig, Campaign Director, if you would like to discuss a gift to the campaign. We accept cash, checks, credit cards, and marketable securities. Gifts may be pledged and paid over five years, or may be made outright. We are happy to work with you to structure your gift payment and timing to be right for your family. If you are interested in making a planned gift, please contact Lauren Spirig.
Annual fund (The Peck Fund) gifts are given to support daily operating costs, to offset/reduce tuition increases, explore new educational initiatives and pilot programs, and engage in long-term planning for the future of Peck. They also serve to support faculty professional development.
Campaign gifts are given in addition to annual fund gifts and are usually over a period of up to five years. Campaign gifts in support of specific programs and projects such as the capital renovations identified by the school and its Trustees are crucial to the fulfillment of our vision and mission. In this campaign, gifts support the facilities projects outlined in the 2016 master plan.
No. The Peck Fund provides critical unrestricted dollars to the daily operations of the school. If you are able to give above and beyond your annual gift in order to support the campaign, the school will be most grateful. However, if you are only able to give a limited amount, we encourage you to continue your important support of The Peck Fund.
Unrestricted gifts are the Board of Trustees' top priority for The Peck Promise campaign. This provides the school with the flexibility to apply funding where it is most needed for the current projects.
All donors to The Peck Promise campaign will be recognized, unless they express a desire to remain anonymous. In addition, we are pleased to offer a limited number of naming opportunities as an expression of enduring gratitude to our most generous donors and longtime friends.