On Tuesday, January 3 at 8am, students, staffulty, and visitors celebrated the opening of the new Oak Tree Quad complex with a brief ribbon cutting ceremony led by student council. The Oak Tree Quad Complex adds 6,100-square-feet of classroom space including two new math and English classrooms, new adminstrative offices, an English garden, outdoor decks, new landscaping, and a small study adjoining the two English classrooms featuring floor to ceiling bookshelves with a fireplace. It also includes a 2,000-square-feet Design and Engineering Center for the school's new Design and Engineering curriculum program and an outdoor amphitheater.
Following the ceremony, everyone was invited to explore the new spaces for a few minutes before joining together in the new outdoor amphitheater for the first assembly of the new year in the new complex. Joel J. Weiss, Head of School, acknowledged the opening of the Phil Von Phul Engineering Design and Engineering Center with Phil's wife and family present, and gave special thanks to architects Ken Radtkey and Alayna Fraser, construction manager Steve Pivato, and project manager Cameron Carey. A group of Upper School students sang Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," which was followed by the entire Lower School singing "Magic to Do" from the Broadway show Pippin. It was an exceptionally beautiful morning of celebration and new beginnings at Crane School!