New $4.5 Million Residence Hall Underway

Brewster Academy has started construction on a $4.5 million new residence hall that will house 22 students and four faculty residences. The new residence hall was designed to create the feel of a home away from home for students. It is being built on the southern end of campus, along Clark Road and is scheduled to open in May 2018.

Leslie and Jimmy John Liautaud and their three children: Spencer ’13, Lucy ’17, and Fred ’18, partnered with Brewster to jump-start this project. “Brewster has provided our three children with a wonderful education and amazing environment to grow personally and to build life-long friendships. Leslie and I felt this project was a way for us to show our thanks, support, and commitment to Brewster’s long-standing tradition of excellence,” said Jimmy John Liautaud. The Liautaud family’s generosity and belief in the project ignited the fundraising efforts. Within a year and a half, the project was fully funded through gifts and commitments from generous parents, alumni parents, and alumni.

Brewster’s commitment to social and emotional learning is not only evident in the classroom, but also in the dormitory curriculum. The new residence hall facility will support the expansion of residential life programming to address topics such as social decision making, service, coursework, technology use, personal boundaries, intimacy, substance use prevention, and will evolve with the needs of the students.

The new residence hall will increase the quality of common spaces and will build a student-to-teacher ratio not found anywhere else. With the development of this facility, Brewster’s residential model will more closely resemble its vanguard team-based academic model that sets it apart from any other boarding school.

The Academy is extremely grateful to the Liautaud family and to every one of its supporters who believe in Brewster’s vision for residential life and who have made this project a reality. Head of School Dr. Craig Gemmell called the new residence hall, “a physical embodiment of the way we believe residential life should be.”

The Brewster community looks forward to celebrating with all donors at a grand opening ceremony in May.


August 4, 2017 – The first full week of construction on the new dorm in Lamb Court was exciting! As you can see from the photos, we broke ground and Dave Fuller and his team from SADCO  diligently prepared for foundations. On the top left, Superintendent Rich Frizzell from Milestone stands at the existing stone pillars that mark the old driveway to a house that was moved and the new driveway to the faculty residences. Rich has been working to expedite the relocation of some power and sewer lines to outside the project footings.

Next week preparations for the pouring of foundations will continue. It’s going to be exciting to watch the next phase as concrete is poured, set, and the structure begins to rise.


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