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Gould Announces Renovations to Hanscom Hall (PRESS RELEASE)

BETHEL, Maine – Gould Academy will begin the first phase of renovations to its main academic building, Hanscom Hall, in early November 2011.

“Hanscom Hall was groundbreaking when first built in 1933, and it has served this school’s students and faculty well for the last 78 years,” said Head of School Dan Kunkle. “However, to sustain our promise of preparing students for a dynamic world, we must continue to innovate. This first phase of renovations to Hanscom marks yet another step forward in teaching and learning at Gould. It is what we’ve done as an institution for 175 years.”

The initial phase of renovations will take place on the first floor of Hanscom Hall. Gould’s Sanborn Family Library will receive the most sizable renovation with a complete refurbishment including the addition of the Lamar Family Reading Room, two new resource rooms, a new classroom, new furniture, flooring and lighting, a new array of windows on the eastern end of the library, and new student work spaces throughout.

In addition, Gould’s faculty room and head of school office suite will undergo renovations as will the building’s formal entryway.

“We’re very excited for this project to get started,” said Zack Lehman, assistant head of school for advancement. “It is the first step to achieving our goal of a fully transformed Hanscom Hall.”

The school plans to begin construction during its Thanksgiving holiday break and anticipates the project will take approximately four months to complete. The newly renovated first floor will be open in time for the start of the spring trimester in late March 2012.  Scott Simons Architects of Portland, Maine designed the renovations and HP Cummings of Winthrop, Maine will lead the construction effort.

Gould Academy is a coed college preparatory school located at the eastern edge of the White Mountains in Bethel, Maine. With 240 students and an average class size of ten, the Academy prepares academically motivated students for college and helps them to become independent-minded, ethical citizens who will lead lives of purpose, action, excellence, and compassion in a dynamic world. Visit www.gouldacademy.org for more information.

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