Building Our Tomorrow

Building Our Tomorrow

Expanding our Campus • Investing in our Faculty

Recreation & Wellness Facilities

Central to our ability to meet the educational, social, emotional, and physical needs of our students are the physical spaces in which our community collaborates, competes, plays, and cares for one another. Health and wellness have long been a focus in all three divisions of the School. The School’s response to the global pandemic revealed that while progress has been made on many fronts, significant investments are required in order to bring to life the School’s vision for excellence. This includes well-designed facilities that will elevate physical education, athletics, fitness, wellness programming, community gathering space, and additional classrooms. 

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  • Recreation & Wellness Center

    The existing 8,880 sq. ft. Thompson Gymnasium was built in 1972 and houses one court, a limited spectator area, inadequate fitness center and locker rooms, and lacks adequate storage and appropriate spaces for Lower School Physical Education and gross motor activities. 

    Concurrent with the 2021 Campus Master Planning process, Brimmer engaged architects who have helped the School envision a 26,000 sq. ft. Recreation & Wellness Center. The new gymnasium will house one college regulation competition court and two practice/ competition courts, a multipurpose junior recreational space, two volleyball courts, 300-seat bleachers that greatly increase spectator capacity (formerly 50), a state-of-the-art fitness room, locker rooms for both home and visiting teams, and training facilities.
  • Fitness, Health & Wellness Suite

    In addition to the state-of-the-art fitness room, the proposed building offers a suite of offices for athletic trainers, mental health and wellness counselors, the School nurse, the Athletic Director, and department staff. 
  • Multi-Use Classrooms

    The new building will house four to six additional classrooms for Middle and Upper School programming (which can also serve as meeting spaces), providing the School with much-needed flexible and functional multi-use spaces to supplement the Hastings Center. These classrooms combined with the new junior gym will also address the need for an early childhood movement space and a dedicated, accessible home for Extended Day.
  • Event & Community Spaces

    The entrance to the new building will offer a showcase lobby that doubles as social and study space. An ideal location for students to gather throughout the day, the lobby will also offer the perfect space for alumni functions and community events. Adjacent to the lobby, flexible classrooms can be opened up into larger rooms for alumni and board meetings, smaller parent gatherings, and full grade activities. Combined with the 300 seat capacity gymnasium, this building will double Brimmer’s event and community space and offer locations for speakers, performances, exhibitions, gatherings, and more.

Chris Chou, P ‘29, ’33, Board Chair
Suzzara Durocher, P ’18, ’21, Trustee
Jon Grenzke, P ’31, Trustee
Kenyon Bissell Grogan ‘76, Trustee
Leslie Stimmel Guggiari ’73, Trustee
Lisa Hastings, P ’18, '18, ’19, Trustee
David Kreisler, P ’17, ’19, ’23, Trustee
Tatyana Souza, P ’26, ‘30
Linda Shapiro Waintrup ’72, P '02, '06, Trustee
Judith Guild, Head of School
Elizabeth Smith, P ’17, Director of Development

Over $25M Raised to Date!

To learn more about supporting the Building Our Tomorrow Campaign or to see a full list of Naming Opportunities, please contact Elizabeth Smith.

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    Elizabeth Smith 

    Director of Development

Endowment for Faculty Compensation & Teaching Excellence

Currently Brimmer’s restricted endowment and invested funds total approximately $40 million. The endowment has grown significantly over the past 5 years. To continue to deliver on all facets of the School’s mission and support a diverse and vibrant body of both students and teachers, we aim to grow our endowment to alleviate pressure on the School’s operating budget and to facilitate program enhancements. In turn, this will enable Brimmer to provide the resources we need to be competitive, appealing, and vital in the years to come. 

The Brimmer faculty are the heart and soul of a Brimmer education and experience. Therefore, we must ensure that Brimmer can continue to attract and retain outstanding faculty and reward teaching excellence and innovative ideas. Historically, Brimmer’s faculty salaries fell below comparable schools and were funded solely by tuition increases. A recent gift for Faculty Salaries and Teaching Excellence has allowed our Board of Trustees to approve substantial increases in faculty salaries, so that our faculty are now compensated above the mean of our peer institutions. We believe that this is critical to continue to attract and retain the best faculty. The transformational gift supplements the operating budget to provide meaningful annual awards for faculty longevity and for innovative ideas and programs. As part of this gift, Brimmer has committed to raise at least an additional $1 million to supplement the endowment, which will ensure continued growth and progress over time. 

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