WE UNITE to invest in facilities.
Our experience of Landon extends beyond the Code of Character or the feeling of community shared by all who love this School. There's also a sense of place we all call home, from the tree-lined entrance at Wilson Lane to the endless line of white rocks that makes its way past Triplett Field and eventually comes full circle around the campus.
Protecting and enhancing Landon's facilities to reflect the excellence we achieve in all areas of school life does credit to our founder, Paul Banfield, and his visionary Trustees, who first protected the 70-plus acres in suburban Bethesda that have become one of our greatest assets. The challenge today is to match that early vision with one that carries the School forward, while keeping to the guidelines set forth in our Strategic Plan "to refurbish and remodel, rather than build anew."
Through the generosity of early donors to Landon United, the School has already completed three key projects. The first is the addition of synthetic turf at Triplett Field, completed in time for the 2007 football season. The second is a substantial renovation of our beloved Farmhouse made ready for the 2008 Azalea Garden Festival. The third grew from the vision of Trustee Joshua M. Freeman '83, who was an early leader in the Landon United campaign before his untimely death. Today, faculty, students and alumni all enjoy the excellent facilities of the Freeman Center for Athletic Achievement.
To assure that all of Landon's student-centered facilities support our commitment to excellence, several additional projects need our attention. Work has been completed on the first phase of a two-part renovation to the Barton Alumni Sports Center, including the installation of a new glass-enclosed atrium and the relocation of the Banfield Alumni Room to the north side, opening onto a terrace. Phase 2, still in need of funding, will improve locker rooms, modernize sports medicine and training facilities, and open up areas for coaches' offices and a team meeting room on the lower level.
Other critical needs remain: a full upgrade to the Coates Auditorium in the Mondzac Performing Arts Center, and renovation of the Wilson Building for the Lower School.
We seek $17 million for facilities to be directed to these opportunities:
- $1.5 million for the synthetic surface on Triplett Field (completed)
- $2.5 million for the Freeman Center for Athletic Achievement (completed)
- $10 million for the Barton Alumni Sports Center renovation (partial)
- $1.5 million for the Wilson Building/Lower School renovation
- $1.5 million for Mondzac Performing Arts Center - Phase 1 renovation.