So how did we decide that a new Athletics and Student Life Building was the next step to take in the evolution of Appleby's campus?
Over the course of 2013-2014, Appleby undertook a significant athletic review with our community. Through this rigorous exercise, we have committed to the following:
Renewed commitment to character and leadership
Introducing the co-curricular passport allowing three terms of sports for eligible senior students
Increased Varsity team support: including additional external coaching support, meaningful travel tournaments, facilities and equipment
Enhanced learning support for student athletes
Using athletics as a centerpiece for the school by bringing our community together
In order to achieve these goals for our students we completed an audit of our existing facilities and how we are currently supporting the Appleby programing. The findings presented us with the existing realties and the current program bottlenecks:
Not enough gym space - 1956 single gym substantially undersized for athletic activities and assemblies
Larger dedicated performing arts space needed for school shows over 150 people
Current fitness facilities are too small and do not support our fitness and health programs
All classrooms are fully utilized at peak times of day. Scheduling of classes is now limited by space, particularly in science.
Aging facilities will need continued rejuvenation and enhancements (arena, pool, etc.)
The Impact of the Project:
This facility (as planned) adds about 40% to the ﬂoor area of the school (excluding residences).
We are creating many additional spaces: three gyms rather than one, smaller spaces for health and wellness (yoga, stretch classes, meditation etc.), and a 950 seat auditorium
Our students will enjoy school life more as we’re adding a plethora of social spaces for community activities, informal study or simply “hanging-out”.
Athletics & Physical Education:
Expanded and improved instructional, recreational and intramural programs for all students.
Signiﬁcantly improved capacity and better locations for intercollegiate practices, allowing for better skills development.
Appropriate facilities to host more intercollegiate matches and tournaments.
Establishing high quality ﬁtness and training facilities (all in one place) allowing for better preparation by intercollegiate athletes, and broader participation by all students.
Adding to expand the range of intercollegiate teams.
Providing higher-proﬁle opportunities to use athletic matches as community and spirit builders for the entire school.
Potentially consolidating co-curricular times thereby shortening the school day for many students.
Community & Academic Life:
Providing more appropriate, safer and conducive space for all school meetings, gatherings, and events in the auditorium gym.
Creating a stronger sense of community and ‘home’ by enhancing informal student socializing and collaborative dynamics in a large campus room as well as smaller spaces.
Enhancing our community by providing three large scale locations for speakers, dances, student sales, and other special events.
Celebrating and promoting Appleby's heritage in an alumni boardroom and elsewhere.