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The new Middle School building has been designed as a physical and metaphorical bridge connecting the lower school to the upper school. It has been designed as the primary academic setting for grades 6-8 with general academic classrooms augmented by specialty classrooms devoted to science and art. Each grade occupies its own floor, and contains common spaces for social interaction and an academic center for group activities and faculty resources. A physical bridge connects the new Middle School to a Public Hall. A converted dining hall will now function as the heart and hub or school activities. The new Athletic Facility accommodates a very active and important part of each student’s academic experience. Key components of the new Athletic Facility include a 6-lane Olympic swimming pool building and new Gymnasium building that houses a double-court floor for basketball, volley ball and other physical education activities, a fitness center, classrooms and faculty offices. The new Athletic Facility also allows for the reuse of nearly 30,000 square feet of existing space to be reused for new purposes. For example a former junior varsity gymnasium and adjacent locker rooms will become the new Performing Arts Center, and the existing fitness center and music rooms will become the new Admissions suite. The new buildings echo the features of the existing campus and are sited to fit naturally into the existing landscape while connecting logically with existing facilities. New and renovated buildings are committed to “green design` and sustainable architecture. The new Middle School has been designed to achieve LEED Certification and includes features such as a green roof that reduces heat gain and minimizes storm water run-off; a cistern that collects rainwater for local irrigation; and a Building Automation System (BAS) that controls mechanical and electrical systems.