The Center for Community and Athletics at Potomac School is well under construction and is set to be completed in the fall of 2019. The facility was conceived as a new place on campus to reinforce the institutional beliefs that intellectual development, love of learning, and strength of character are complementary and equally essential educational goals. When completed, it will improve the school’s ability to provide a balanced educational experience that integrates academics, athletics, and the arts within a diverse, inclusive learning community.
The Potomac School campus is a collection of approachable, scaled buildings that have a simple material palette of stone, glass and stucco supported by exposed structures of steel and wood. Buildings have a strong indoor/outdoor relationship. Campus buildings are placed and shaped so that they appear to cascade down the rolling topography. Our concept for the facility was shaped and inspired by the program, the site, the connections to the campus and the culture of the school. The design solution establishes a new campus location that is intended to connect:
- all of the athletic programs by becoming the primary location for all indoor athletic fitness, training and support while providing a multitude of new state-of-the-art spaces for indoor athletic competition
- to the natural campus environment by simultaneously embracing the geometry of the site and the geometry of the campus, nestling into the hill, embracing the pond, being filled with light, and bringing the outside in
- the Potomac School community by providing small intimate exterior and interior gathering spaces and larger flexible multi-purpose event spaces