St. Mark's Episcopal Church and Day School Break Ground on $5 Million Capital Campaign | Schools

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St. Mark's Episcopal Church and Day School Break Ground on $5 Million Capital Campaign
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June 5, 2011 is the date of the groundbreaking ceremony for St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and Day School’s $5 million capital campaign entitled “We Are One.” The campaign will create a Campus Green uniting the church and school campuses, a new Commons Building for the Day School, enlarge the church’s existing chapel and add additional parking.  “This campaign has had incredible momentum from the beginning,” said George Egan, We Are One Co-Chair. “Our church and day school make a big step into the future with these projects.”

Leadership of the church and day school began planning a capital campaign last spring and received several leadership gifts immediately. ““The theme ‘We Are One’ announces that we are a unified campus for Christian growth and service, and this is the vision for who we are as a faith and learning community,” said  The Rev. Jonathan Coffey, rector of St. Mark’s Church. In addition to Rev. Coffey and George Egan, the leadership team includes Jan Harbeson, We Are One Co-Chair, Cathy Hardage, Head of School, and Jim Winston and Ann Baker as Honorary Chairs.

Richard Skinner & Associates is the architect for the projects; Stellar is the construction firm. The Campus Green will enclose Oxford Avenue, which currently divides the two campuses and which the school owns, creating a green space with a pedestrian thoroughfare, covered walkways, benches and a central fountain.  The new building at the Day School campus will feature a large commercial kitchen, performance stage with professional lighting and sound, flooring suitable for physical education and indoor sports, and expanded seating capacity. The Chapel renovation will enlarge the chapel, expand the area around the altar and vault the ceiling to make the chapel interior resemble the church sanctuary. Other improvements include refurbishment of the sanctuary stained glass windows, parking, and deferred maintenance.

The Campus Green and the chapel expansion are expected to be completed by the fall, and the Commons building will be dedicated in April of 2012, a date which coincides with the 90th Anniversary of the founding of St. Mark’s Church in 1922.

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