Savannah Country Day School to Host Ground-Breaking Ceremony for Upper School STEM
Ground-breaking ceremony for 32,000 sq. ft. Upper School STEM building, Mingledorff Hall
Savannah Country Day School
West Construction Company
Hussey Gay Bell
The Upper School STEM building is the initial phase of Country Day’s $20 million “Invest in
Excellence” campaign to improve campus facilities and better meet the needs of students.
Construction will begin immediately, with a slated completion date of fall 2022.
Tuesday, June 8, at 9:00AM
Savannah Country Day School, 824 Stillwood Drive, 31419; Upper School Quad
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Savannah Country Day School to Break Ground on Upper School STEM Building
Savannah, GA (May 13, 2021) Savannah Country Day School has announced that it has secured the
funding to begin construction on a new 32,000 sq. ft. Upper School building.
The new building, which will be named in honor of Shirley and Bud Mingledorff ’64, will house all Upper
School STEM classes, including five math classrooms, five science labs, an energy learning lab, and a
fabrication/maker space. Other building features will include a library, conference/meeting rooms,
common areas for students, Deans’ offices, and a second-story outdoor gathering space.
The new Upper School building was made possible by the lead gifts of Bud ’64 and Shirley Mingledorff,
Rob ‘66 and Celeste Demere, Ben and Susie MacMillan, and Reed ‘87 and Meredith ‘92 Dulany. Other
significant contributors include Peter Thacher and Jane Vaden Thacher ‘84, the Lewis Family Foundation,
Brian and Kathie Harlander, Hunter ‘97 and Clementine Philbrick, Curtis ‘70 and Carol Lewis, and the
“We are thrilled to be moving forward with the construction of our new Upper School STEM building. The
support of our donors, especially during this past year, speaks volumes to the generosity and resolve of
our larger school community,” states Head of School Kef Wilson. “This new state-of-the-art building will
transform our campus and provide for our students a first-rate academic facility.”
Savannah Country Day partnered with Architectural Resources Cambridge out of Boston, MA, and
Hussey Gay Bell of Savannah to design a building that would complement the surrounding facilities and
anchor the Upper School buildings. Local general contracting firm West Construction Company will
oversee construction, which is expected to conclude in the fall of 2022.
Matt West, president of West Construction Company adds, “The addition of the STEM building reinforces
Country Day’s reputation of academic excellence and its commitment to students and faculty. We’re
excited to be a part of this significant project for our community, and look forward to all of the work
The Upper School STEM building is the initial phase of Country Day’s $20 million “Invest in Excellence”
campaign to improve campus facilities and better meet the needs of students. Additional components
include athletic upgrades and renovations, a fine and performing arts expansion, and efforts to benefit
The Little School and grow the school’s endowment.