Campus Construction Update

Flowers aren’t the only things blooming at McDonogh this spring. Over the winter, construction has continued at a steady pace on two major additions to campus: Marc Village and the Fader Innovation Center.

Marc Village

Visible from McDonogh and Lamborn Roads is Marc Village, a housing community for faculty and staff that is replacing the Chapel Hill Road neighborhood on the south end of campus. Named in honor of benefactor Marc Blum ‘60 who is the lead donor on the project, the village has also received funding from the Rollins-Luetkemeyer Foundation.

Upon completion by David S. Brown Construction Enterprises, the 17 new residential structures will increase the amount of campus housing at McDonogh. A total of 38 housing units are contained within these structures, including 26 three-bedroom units and 12 one-bedroom units.

Blum, a former trustee and board president, has seen first-hand the benefit of campus housing in enhancing the sense of family at McDonogh. Among other things, campus residents enjoy dinner with the boarders and regularly welcome them into their homes. This spirit of community is one of the many reasons the school continues to attract and retain quality faculty and staff.

For months, it has been easy to follow the progress of Marc Village as the houses were framed and roofs were added. They began to feel like homes in early March when porches were added. Once the windows and exterior doors were installed, the interior work began. Plumbing and electrical work are nearing completion, and flooring, woodwork, and drywall installations are now taking place. Later this spring, siding will be added, and the village will be landscaped. If all continues to proceed as planned, campus families will move in before school begins in the fall.

Fader Innovation Center

Construction on the 7,000 square-foot Fader Innovation Center, adjacent to the Rollins-Luetkemeyer Athletic Center, has also been moving at a steady pace and is scheduled to be completed in July. Made possible by a generous lead gift from the Fader family, the cutting-edge space will house McDonogh’s expanding robotics and engineering programs. It will also feature an auto bay where students can directly experience the fundamentals of physics, math, and chemistry by working on cars.

Based on input from Upper School engineering, robotics, and design teachers and their students, the Fader Center, with its open floor plan, will feature innovation bays, an auto shop, a formal presentation space, and an engineering work space. A handful of faculty members are looking forward to using the building as a place to grow their new curriculum titled, “SEED: Social Entrepreneurship, Engineering, and Design.” Additionally, it will be a place for extracurricular activities such as the Automobile Club and Girls Who Code. With Innovation as its middle name, the possibilities for how the Fader Innovation Center will be used are endless.

Click here for more a more in-depth look at these projects from the Winter 2018 issue of McDonogh Magazine.

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