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If you’ve driven past the Pennington School on Delaware Avenue between Main Street and Rt. 31 in Pennington recently, you may have noticed quite a bit of construction work going on. What exactly is happening on the private middle and secondary school campus?

Well the Pennington School has it all laid out on their website. The construction is part of the school’s capital campaign to establish a new facility offering increased opportunities for students to collaborate on interdisciplinary issues in the humanities, and to focus STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines in another facility.

Much of the current construction visible from Delaware Avenue is groundwork to lay a foundation for Wesley Alumni House and clear space for the foundation of the K.T. Yen Humanities building, as well as create a new campus access road.

The Kenneth K. T. Yen Humanities Building will provide 25,000 square feet of new classroom, faculty, and meeting space. The offices of Global Studies, Community Service, and Diversity will be found in the new facility, as will the administration of the school’s Center for Learning program.

The historic building that will become Wesley Alumni House, formerly known as Lowellden, will move from its current location in March to a place of prominence in front of the school’s flagpole. To be renovated inside and out, Wesley Alumni House will be a center of alumni activities during homecoming and alumni weekends in the fall and in the spring, as well as house the school’s development staff.

Current plans also include turning the campus’s Stainton Hall into a STEM building, restoring Old Main as the historic center of the School, housing administrative offices for the head of school, deans, and admission; and reshaping campus access and driveways to create a more unified and cohesive external environment.

By fall of 2015, vehicle access to The Pennington School will be restricted, creating an all-pedestrian campus that the school hopes will enable students to move between classes  in a traffic-free environment.

More information and photos of the proposed campus plan are online at the Pennington School’s website here and here.

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Andrea Fereshteh has been writing for as long as she can remember. An avid journal-keeper as a child, she dabbled in dramatic notes to her parents and designed her own stationary. With a zest for small talk and meeting new people, she pursued journalism in college and worked for nine years in PR, writing and media relations for the higher ed and nonprofit sectors. She has a mousters and ducktorate from Disney University and is a mother to two lively boys who inspire her to just keep writing, just keep writing.

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  1. Thanks for this article, Andrea. As a member of the Pennington Planning Board, I have sat through many meetings on the topic of The Pennington School’s building plan, and this sums it up very well. I am very interested to see that they are changing the name of Lowellden! That was never mentioned in the hearings about the preservation of that historic building, which the legendary Dr. Green named for his favorite poet, James Lowell. We must have entered a new era, if the school would tamper with Dr. Green’s legacy. Alumni would have been on the barricades not too many years ago! And yet they have chosen a name that spotlights the school’s Methodist roots and ongoing mission. I wonder if a donation from the Methodist powers-that-be might have sparked this conspicuous shift in the school’s image.

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