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Lowell Whiteman school to celebrate new boys dorm

Project is slated for completion in May

Jack Weinstein

The Lowell Whiteman School broke ground on its new boys dormitory in July and expects to have it completed in May. The school is celebrating the construction with lunch today.

— The new boys dormitory at Lowell Whiteman School won’t be complete until May, but that didn’t stop school officials from planning an event to celebrate it.

The ceremony, which isfrom 12:20 to 1:10 p.m. today, is a belated groundbreaking, said Walt Daub, director of the school. He said the students and faculty were away for summer break when the school broke ground on the 6,000-square-foot dorm in July.

Daub said today’s event would allow the local and out-of-town students and their families – it’s parents weekend at Whiteman – a chance to see the progress of the dorm’s construction. He said the school’s Board of Trustees also would be in town for a meeting Saturday.

“It’s a celebration about the building,” Daub said. “And thanks for very significant capital investments our supporters have made over the years.”

The $1.5 million dorm is part of a $2.3 million investment as part of the school’s Building on the Experience campaign, its campus master plan. A majority of the additional investment, $500,000, was dedicated to adding infrastructure at the campus. The remainder went toward expenses related to the campus master plan.

Daub said the master plan was a 10-year plan with a 25-year vision.

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The completion of the dorm will represent the conclusion of the master plan’s first phase, he said. The second phase, which Daub said he hoped would begin soon, will be an academic center including classrooms, a larger theater and social spaces. Other projects also have been mapped out as part of the master plan, Daub said.

The new dorm, which will include space for 20 boys, will replace a 1940s-era bunkhouse.

Ewers Architecture, of Golden, designed the building, and TCD, of Steamboat Springs, is the general contractor. According to a news release, the building’s interior will use local beetle-killed pine. Other environmentally sustainable measures include LED lighting, low-flow water fixtures and on-site water collection and sewage treatment.

Students will occupy the new dorm starting next fall. The bunkhouse will be torn down as part of the project.

Because the school provides boarding for the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory, Daub said the bunkhouse wouldn’t come down next summer, but sometime in the next year.

Today’s event will include a luncheon and remarks from Nick Rose, co-chairman of the Building on the Experience campaign, and Nancy Ventrudo, chairwoman of the Whiteman Board of Trustees.

The ceremony also will include branding a handrail from the existing bunkhouse, which will become part of the new dorm. Lowell Whiteman owned the “9” brand and used it on horses at his camp for boys before it transitioned to a coed school in 1957.

Lane Malone, the school’s director of advancement, said moving the branded railing from the bunkhouse to the new dorm was a way to honor “the history of the building and importance it had for so many young men.”

Daub also will speak at the ceremony.

“This is an indication of our commitment to and our progress toward our vision for the campus both in the near future and long term,” Daub said. “It’s a step in providing our students residential learning, recreational and social spaces we want our students to have.”

If you go

What: Celebration of the Lowell Whiteman School’s new boys dormitory

When: 12:20 to 1:10 p.m. today

Where: Lowell Whiteman School, 22605 Routt County Road 36