The Haverford School Master Plan
WRT’s long-term relationship with the Haverford School began with the re-development of their first campus master plan, which included the move towards a more pedestrian campus, and a phased approach to enlarging and re-thinking the academic and support spaces.
In addition to the School’s values, tradition of excellence, and outstanding faculty and staff, Haverford has a relatively compact campus in terms of site area and acreage. This naturally strengthens the sense of community, encourages interaction between the divisions, and results in a strategic sharing of resources.
As outlined in the master plan, the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools function as nested communities within the larger campus, sharing dining, athletics, and arts facilities while still maintaining their own distinct spaces and character. From a physical campus planning and programming standpoint, this sharing of facilities increases efficiencies while strengthening the sense of community. Appropriately, the campus organization leads students from the Lower School to the Middle School to the Upper School, a natural progression of their growth from boys to men. As such, the Middle School’s location in the center of campus is crucial to the way Haverford functions as a cohesive, connected campus.
The plan focused on flexible and adaptable program and learning environments that are filled with daylight and visually connected to the rest of campus.
WRT assisted the school as architects and landscape architects for a series of implementation projects: the new athletic facility, the new Lower School, the renovation of the dining and food service areas in Crosman Hall, and several other smaller building upgrades and landscape changes.
Two additional master plan updates include the redesign of the Upper School and, most recently, the redesign of the Middle School, set to open for the 2020-2021 academic year.
The common design approach for projects included the following elements: expand the available program space with additional floors, strengthen the existing campus open spaces like the main quad by removing vehicular traffic from the core of campus, provide flexible and adaptable program and learning environments that are filled with daylight and visually connected to the rest of campus, and an architectural approach that honored the traditional architectural style while creating contemporary spaces within modest construction budgets.