Learn more about the Arden Project and the impact it will have on the School and its students.
- What is the Arden Project?
- If we support the Arden Project should we continue giving to the Marlborough Annual Fund?
- What is the timeline for the Arden Project?
- How much will the Arden Project add to the size of the campus?
- What is the total cost of the Arden Project?
- Why is the School adding a garden?
- Will the size of Booth Field increase?
- How will the School benefit from a larger Booth Field?
- How will the School benefit from the larger pool?
- Why does the School need a wellness and fitness facility?
- How will parking be impacted by the Arden Project?
What is the Arden Project?
For nearly 50 years, School leaders have led efforts to expand and improve facilities and enlarge the campus footprint. The Project represents the next phase of the School’s campus master plan. The Arden Project includes a new garden, an expanded Booth Field, the Caryll Mudd Sprague Aquatic Center, a fitness and wellness facility, and additional surface parking. Students coming to Marlborough have never known life without some physical fitness and/or athletics participation from the time they were born. The Board thinks it is imperative to campus life that this project is constructed. We are so excited about how this project will impact the students’ experience, particularly, their physical well-being.
If we support the Arden Project should we continue giving to the Marlborough Annual Fund?
We hope you will continue giving to the Annual Fund at the same level as you have in the past while supporting the Leadership in Learning Campaign. The Annual Fund supports the current operating budget and the Campaign will expand the campus and build much-needed new facilities.
What is the timeline for the Arden Project?
While preliminary projects are already underway, large-scale construction will begin in June of 2015, to be completed for the opening of the 2016-2017 school year.
How much will the Arden Project add to the size of the campus?
The campus footprint will be expanded by nearly an acre, or roughly 25%.
What is the total cost of the Arden Project?
The Arden Project construction will cost $24 million.
Why is the School adding a garden?
The new garden will offer students a designated area for instruction, relaxation, and peaceful contemplation. It will also:
- Provide approximately 5,500 square feet of natural grass for garden and community gathering space that will be thoughtfully and beautifully landscaped
- Offer students and employees a place to socialize, study, and relax before and after school and during free periods
- Provide an outdoor meeting space for campus visitors
- Supply faculty with a location for out-of-classroom learning opportunities
- Reflect Marlborough’s commitment to environmental sustainability in its design and maintenance
Will the size of Booth Field increase?
The size of the field will increase by 30% to roughly 1.1 acres. The field will be constructed with a state-of-the-art synthetic surface that is more durable, sustainable, and versatile than real grass. Maintenance costs for synthetic turf are less than for a natural grass surface. A cooling system will also be part of the construction.
How will the School benefit from a larger Booth Field?
A multi-purpose Booth Field will be a key campus location for Marlborough’s community gatherings, physical activities, and athletic pursuits. The expanded Booth Field will:
- Increase the overall field space to 330 feet long by 145 feet wide
- Create a full-size soccer field for practice and competitions that are currently held off campus
- Allow athletic teams more space for team and individual skill practices
- Serve as a venue for School events and traditions
- Provide adequate field space to conduct all types of School events simultaneously and safely
How will the School benefit from the larger pool?
The Caryll Mudd Sprague Aquatic Center will be the central location for our outstanding competitive swimming and developing water polo program. The Aquatic Center will:
- Allow more students to participate during physical education classes and Marlborough Summer School swim lessons and activity classes
- Contain a state-of-the-art pool that is 33 meters wide (36 yards), 25 yards long, and 8 feet deep
- Include a seating pavilion with a capacity for 175 spectators and 1,500 feet of storage for portable starting blocks, lane lines, and pool maintenance equipment
- Provide a longer training distance, which means scholar-athletes are able to swim for greater stretches and make fewer turns
- Provide wider swimming lanes for more training flexibility and competitive enhancement
- Incorporate a high-tech, electronic, touch-pad timing system interfaced with an LED scoreboard
- Contain ample deck space to be used for dry-land training, strength and conditioning, and School activities
- Use solar heating panels and collectors for optimal energy efficiency and sustainability
- Increase deck space to accommodate officials, timers, and spectators who currently have difficulty staying dry
Why does the School need a wellness and fitness facility?
In 2010-2011, the School began a strength and conditioning program to address the demands of high school athletics and the physical and mental challenges of being a competitive student athlete. The Program focuses on helping each athlete achieve her athletic potential by maximizing speed, power, and agility. In addition, athletes are educated on nutrition and injury prevention to complete a comprehensive training approach. The fitness facility that will be constructed as part of the Arden Project will provide increased and enhanced space in which to conduct this program.
The fitness facility will also enhance campus life for students who are not participating on athletics teams. A robust fitness and wellness program, which incorporates aerobic activity, stretching exercises, and strength training can also help mitigate depression, sleeping challenges, and unhealthy weight gain for all students. [Note: This area was approved by the City of Los Angeles in the summer 2013.]
How will parking be impacted by the Arden Project?
While the Third Street entrance will continue to be the entry point for the campus parking lot, the relocation of the surface lot with a capacity for 60+ vehicles will allow for the expansion of Booth Field. The surface parking lot will be reconfigured to provide a turnaround area which will significantly improve functionality and safety during ingress and egress. The lot’s design will also allow for directed and valet parking during events such as Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day when more than 300 visitors come to campus.