This past summer, Garrison Forest began the first of two phases to update the Upper School buildings by updating the McLennan Library. Under the direction of the Upper School Renovation task force, chaired by alumna, current parent and trustee Kimberly Hubbard Cashman ’85, and with input from students, faculty, staff and administrators, the main Upper School entrance was relocated to the Library. The James Center and Admission Offices are now located on the Library ground floor and the Library Lecture Hall was renovated to be used in both “lecture” and “small group” modes.
The renovations continued the focus the school has had in recent years of transforming the traditional Library into a learning commons with a variety of furniture and study spaces to accommodate many different individual study preferences. The renovated Library is equipped with new, energy-efficient LED lighting, a state-of-the-art AV system and flexible and moveable furniture that will allow the central areas to serve as both a learning/study space or an auditorium.
The computer lab, previously on the bottom level, has been relocated to the main floor of the Library, allowing for a merger of the students’ two primary information resources: technology and traditional print. The renovation provides easier access to books and more natural light.
Enjoy the before and after photos of the renovation. We hope you are able to stop by to see our new look in person!