In 1953, St. Mary's Episcopal School accepted Church of the Holy Communion's invitation to make its permanent home at Perkins and Walnut Grove, and for 65 years, the church and school have forged a relationship based on trust and cooperation. Thanks, in part, to the strong partnership and goodwill developed by Head of School Albert Throckmorton and the Reverend Sandy Webb, rector of Church of the Holy Communion, the timing is right for both institutions to move forward with a much-needed, long-awaited athletic and wellness center. The church will provide the land, share a portion of the construction costs and benefit from use of the new gymnasium as well as rooms solely dedicated to its programs. The school will construct the building and have exclusive use of the first floor. It will also occupy the gymnasium and most of the second floor during school hours.

The athletic and wellness center will be used daily by every student in the middle and upper schools. The new dining hall, located on the first floor, will separately accommodate the entire middle and upper school, allowing students and faculty to gather for meals, meetings and collaborative learning and study. The first floor will also include classrooms, athletic offices, a training and fitness facility, and an outdoor patio for track and field spectators. The second floor will feature the new gymnasium, locker rooms, a spirit store, concession stand and the St. Mary's Athletic Hall of Fame.

Construction Photo Gallery

Here are photos of our construction project taken the day before Thanksgiving by David Dando.

  • Children
  • East entry to lower lobby
  • East wall of Wellness Center
  • Elevator pit
  • Handicap access at Cheney
  • Ramp access
  • Walkway with rail at Cheney
  • Helical anchors, Blaisdell kitchen
  • Jr high youth area
  • Lower level restrooms
  • North wall, Wellness Center
  • Sr high youth entry
  • Ducts in Sr. high area
  • Wellness Center
  • Jr high youth area
  • Lower -level corridor
  • Children
  • Main electrical service components
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