Upper Campus Construction

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: When will construction begin? How long will it take?

    The construction began in June 2016 (as soon as students left for the summer) and will be complete in August 2017 – just in time to celebrate RCS’s Centennial in September 2017.
  • Q:
    Will the existing footprint of the school and campus change significantly?

    No. Our architects at KG&D have stayed almost entirely within the existing footprint of RCS. The increased square footage we are gaining is coming from the addition of a second story built in the front of the School, above the current Arcade entryway. The new Media Center and one new science lab will be housed in that area.
  • Q: Where will lunch be served during construction?

    Students will be eating lunch in the Crosby/Fiala Playhouse, which is actually a larger space than the current cafeteria. When that space is required for performances, rehearsals, or special programs, we will simply fold up and store tables and chairs.
  • Q: Will the new Library and Media Center still have books in it?

    Yes, we will still have thousands of books in the new Library and Media Center. The new light-filled space includes breakout rooms where students can sit quietly and read a book, and will likely have comfortable bean-bag style chairs. We will continue to encourage and develop a lifelong commitment to reading independently, writing thoughtfully, speaking confidently, and thinking critically – all hallmarks of a Rippowam Cisqua education.
  • Q: Who is handling the construction?

    After a thorough process spearheaded by the RCS Campus Master Plan Committee, Consigli Construction Company was chosen for our Upper Campus construction project and Andy Fox of Stone Harbor Project Advisors was selected as our Owner’s Representative.

    We expect these two firms’ extensive backgrounds working with Independent schools to be an enormous asset to the project. More than 60% of Consigli’s annual volume is work for academic clients, including Millbrook School, the Hackley School, St. Mark’s School, Buckingham Browne & Nichols, Phillips Academy, Emma Willard School, Cambridge School of Weston, Eagle Hill, and Brooks School. In fact, Consigli has done a number of projects at Millbrook School, including a new student center that was highly regarded by a group from RCS who visited the school last spring. Andy Fox has also worked with schools here in the Northeast, including Brunswick, Eagle Hill, and Greenwich Country Day.
  • Q: How will the School handle security during construction?

    Kirchhoff-Consigli is committed to the safety of RCS students and faculty during the construction. Over 80% of KCCM’s construction projects have been performed within occupied environments; the professionals at KCCM have extensive background developing site-specific safety plans well in advance of construction to ensure safety, including strict security procedures for all workers on campus, placing site fencing around all active site areas, and managing traffic.
  • Q: Will the fifth and sixth grade wing be impacted by the construction?

    No, nothing is changing in the 5/6 Hallway, which was recently renovated in 2010.
  • Q: Will the School need to bring in any trailers or portable classrooms during the construction phase?

    We will have plenty of functioning classrooms next year during construction, so we will not need any trailers or portable classrooms. This is great news! Bill Barrett and his Upper Campus team conducted a space-use survey earlier this year, and discovered that we will have a sufficient number of classrooms next year. Yes, teachers and classes may be moved from time to time – but we anticipate that disruptions will be minimal.

    Additionally, we are excited to explore the opportunity to partner with area organizations where we might be able to meet off campus to enrich our programs.