Pardon our Progress
With the launch of the $50-million Accelerate Pace campaign in January 2020, the Pace Academy community kicks off a new chapter in its 60-year history.
Accelerate Pace allows for the construction of a state-of-the-art addition to our Lower School, updates to the Lower School classroom building, and the restoration and renovation of Pace’s iconic Castle. With academic excellence and student wellness at the center, the campaign ensures innovative instruction, creative exploration and the sense of family that defines the Pace experience.
Construction will begin in December 2019 with the removal of The Randall House, the administrative portion of the Lower School, located at the corner of Rilman Road and W. Paces Ferry Road. Construction on the new facility will take 17 months, and the new Lower School will open with the start of the 2021-2022 school year in August 2021. Renovations to the Castle will preserve the historic look of the school’s landmark and begin after the completion of the Lower School.
Administrators with offices in the Randall House have been relocated to spaces within the Lower School classroom building. Students will not be displaced during construction; updates to the library and cafeteria will happen during summer and holiday breaks so as not to disrupt students’ daily schedules. During construction, recess will take place on the portion of the playground outside the construction zone and on the Castle lawn.
The location of the Lower School construction site requires adjustments to the traffic flow on campus. Namely, there will be no through traffic from the Lower School to the rest of the campus. All Lower School traffic must enter and exit from Rilman Road. All other traffic must enter from W. Paces Ferry Road (formerly the Castle exit).
- Will enrollment increase as a result of these projects?
- Why does the Randall House need to be replaced?
- How will the addition of a Lower School facility enhance the residential character of our neighborhood?
- This project will require the removal of trees. Will they be replaced?
- What if I have questions for Pace?