HIGH POINT — Westchester Country Day marked a milestone in its growth Friday when it held a grand opening and dedication of its new Wilson Student Center.
The center involved an investment of $3.4 million. The 11,600-square-foot building includes a 212-seat dining hall, a significantly larger kitchen, a commons area for collaborative study space, a health suite for the school nurse, a guidance office, a senior lounge, and an outdoor dining or study space, Director of Communications and Marketing Laurie Hogan told The High Point Enterprise.
“We are grateful our students are able to use this space right away as we are holding school in-person for all grades pre-K through 12 each day,” Hogan said.
The master planning process began five years ago, said Head of School Cobb Atkinson.
“When we gathered in this very area a year ago to break ground, we knew nothing of what 2020 might hold in store for us. This building has been nothing short of a godsend,” Atkinson said.
Wilson Student Center is Westchester’s first new construction in almost 20 years, but it is the first of several projects in a campus master plan and capital campaign for the school. The next project in the master plan and capital campaign will be the Congdon Center for the Performing Arts.
The student center is named for Fred E. Wilson and family for the first $1 million gift in school history. The family are longtime supporters of the private school, with several family members attending through the years.
The project also is supported by a dollar-for-dollar match by the Earl and Kathryn Congdon Family Foundation, which has pledged to match gifts to the school’s capital campaign, Westchester Forward, up to $12.5 million. The Congdon family also has longstanding ties with Westchester, with several family members attending through the years.
The kitchen in the Wilson Student Center has been named by an anonymous donor for Dorotea Evans and her 36 years of service to the school as former food service director. She retired last year after serving more than 2.6 million lunches.
Westchester worked with architect WGM Design of Charlotte and general contractor Kirkland Inc. of High Point on the Wilson Student Center.