The Use of Space committee has been developing a comprehensive facilities master plan. It has been working with James Bradberry Architects on a potential redesign of Friends Select’s main building, which will ultimately create a collaborative learning environment that is more vibrant, welcoming, and accessible. This project will also return upper school art and history classes from 1700 Arch Street to the main building, as was originally envisioned.
This committee continues to implement a strategic plan that:
•Ensures a distinctively appealing visual and physical identity.
•Transforms existing space that supports, energizes, and inspires excellence in teaching and learning.
•Leverages reciprocal partnerships to reimagine the campus and differentiate instructional delivery.
Rendering of a potential redesign of Friends Select's Main Building.
In the 1960s, Friend Select leadership made the bold and correct decision, in my opinion, to stay in the heart of Philadelphia instead of selling the campus to buy a more sprawling piece of real estate in the suburbs to build a new campus. They envisioned themselves being part of efforts to address the issues that were ailing the city at the time. Their foresight and commitment propels us—and compels me—to continue the legacy of preparing students for the whole of life and to “walk cheerfully over the world,” with a heightened level of cosmopolitan competence.
The implementation strategy for our strategic plan, Advance Friends Select, received strong support from our Board of Trustees during our November meeting. Now is the time for us as a community—alumni/ae, parents and grandparents, and friends—to join together with exciting anticipation to advance the institution we all love.
As an alumnus; son of former and celebrated Head of School, Larry Blauvelt; former English and drama teacher; and National Alumni/ae Board member, Bill Blauvelt ’63 has a unique and long relationship with Friends Select School.