Master Plan for Berkshire Country Day

Published on February 23rd, 2012

Centerbrook has completed a Master Plan for the Berkshire Country Day School in Stockbridge, Massachusetts that addresses, in conjunction with an existing strategic plan, physical improvements to the historic campus over the next ten years. The inclusive planning process encompassed interviews with all faculty and staff members, a series of interactive workshops with school leaders and other members of the academic community, and assessment of existing buildings, infrastructure, and mechanical systems.

An independent school for pre-kindergarten through ninth-grade students, Berkshire Country Day was founded in 1946 and is set on the 27-acre Brooks Farm, which once was home to Andrew Carnegie and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The school sends its graduates on to independent high schools such as Hotchkiss and Groton.

Centerbrook Partner Jim Childress, FAIA, and Associate Peter C. Majewski, AIA and LEED BD+C, led the planning effort that focused its findings on building interiors, increased energy efficiency, and further stewardship opportunities on the school’s bucolic property.

Centerbrook has worked on more than 70 academic campuses nationwide, including more than two dozen independent schools, among them Phillips Andover Academy, Horace Mann School, and Choate Rosemary Hall.