Construction to Begin at Northwood School Main Street Location

New facility to extend the campus and connect with the community

 

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An artist’s rendering of Northwood School on Main (Image provided).

 

Northwood School’s commitment to excellence in academic programming will soon extend into the new, innovative, 12,000+ square foot facility in downtown Lake Placid at the former With Pipe & Book. The flexible, open classroom and event space will be a center for real-world application, creative thinking and community collaboration, providing a hub for modern day learning.

The Main St. location is part of Northwood School’s strategic campus master plan. The plan builds on the school’s rich tradition, positions the school amongst the most innovative private boarding schools in the world and capitalizes on its unique location in a world-class destination.

Construction will begin this month and the school anticipates construction to be completed for the 2019-2020 academic year. The finished project will provide the school and community with a state-of- the-art facility in the middle of historic Main Street. The name of the facility will be announced at the ribbon cutting.

Programs such as robotics, innovation & design, entrepreneurial studies and the school’s signature program, L.E.A.P. (Learn. Engage. Apply. Perform.), will expand with the addition of this new facility allowing Northwood School to offer an interdisciplinary approach to education that emphasizes active learning and creating, challenging students to become resilient, independent thinkers.

A central function of the facility’s mission is to promote collaboration, engagement and partnerships, capitalizing on the shared knowledge, innovation and creativity within the community. The Main St. location will provide students and residents the opportunity to work in an innovative working environment in the heart of the Adirondacks. Northwood School on Main will offer auxiliary programs including after-school, weekend, summer, guest lectures and professional development to ignite intellectual, cultural and professional pursuits.

“Much in the same way that the Lake Placid Center for the Arts is bridging the educational gap for local youth in the arts, this facility will help young people and residents of the community develop the knowledge and skills that will help them succeed in their intellectual and professional pursuits,” stated Michael Maher, Head of School.

The $2.5 million funding for the project has been provided by key early philanthropic support from Northwood School alumni, families and friends. This financial commitment to the development of Northwood School on Main exemplifies the sustained support from generous donors to provide diverse academic offerings in top-notch facilities.

“This investment in the residents of the Adirondack Park and in the lives of the students will bridge programs, projects, and people, and provide a sustainable and positive impact on the region for generations,” stated Tom Broderick, Assistant Head of School and Administrative Lead for the Main St. facility.

Northwood alumni will have the opportunity to further connect with students through alumni supported programming and collaboration as master guides, sharing stories and professional achievements. Donor recognition will be prominent showcasing Northwood pride and inspiring current students.

“The Main St. location builds on the strength of Northwood School’s history and mission which is to prepare young people to be leaders in fields that innovate solutions to the challenges of our global community,” stated Maher. “The facility will benefit the entire community from local students to guests to our region.”

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