Buck Building Renovation – Phase II Nearing Completion
Phase II of the Buck Building renovation will be complete at the end of January, a milestone that will open a large portion of the upper floor to Middle School students and faculty. Work on the $5.5 million renovation began just eight months ago with the demolition of the upper floor. Since then, the balcony has been enclosed; an elevator shaft, new staircase, all new windows, and HVAC have been installed; and nine new classrooms constructed.
Pending the necessary permits, 80% of Middle School classes will move into the new spaces this winter. Classrooms on the western hallway of the lower floor – Mr. Cooper, Ms. Gannon, Mr. Hildreth, Mr. Michalchuk, Ms. Rivera, Dr. Talboy, and Ms. Young – will remain open. Therefore, we expect to utilize all of the upper floor classrooms (renovated) and the western-facing classrooms (existing) on the lower floor, for the remainder of the academic year. Work will continue through the spring and summer, with Scozzari Builders focusing on the lower floor, basement annex, and the balance of the exterior.
The project, designed by educational architects Clarke Caton Hintz, will create a state-of-the-art learning environment for the Hun Middle School community. The initiative will expand and modernize Middle School classrooms, labs, and gathering spaces, while adding contemporary aesthetics and substantial natural light. Once the renovation is complete, the Middle School community will inhabit all three floors – increasing its dedicated space from 11,000 to 19,000 square feet.
The Hun School of Princeton is an independent, coeducational, private day and boarding college preparatory school. Student-centered, hands-on learning prepares students for the global community in which they will live and work.