Monday, July 30, 2012

First Look at Architectural Plans for New Building!

Siena is working with the architects at Cox Graae + Spack (link to to remodel our new building. Floor plans for the new design are below. As you can see we are maximizing the use of the space. We will have 10 classrooms on the first level and additional classroom space on the second level which also features a large gymnasium.  Administrative offices are clustered in the center on the first level and a reception area will greet visitors coming into the main entrance off of Forest Glen Road.
The first level features 10 classrooms, administrative offices, and a reception area. 
The second level features a large gymnasium, a multi-purpose room, and a computer center.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Outside of the Building

With interior renovations underway, we thought we would show you the outside of the building.  Feel free to drive by the 1300 Forest Glen Rd. location to see the changes for yourself.  The chain link fence will be taken down to make way for more landscaping.  We appreciate how much Sarah Salomon has already contributed to the landscaping efforts!

Front of the building facing Forest Glen.

View from the driveway of the front of the building.
Side view of the building from the driveway (say good bye to the chain link!)

Monday, July 16, 2012

Construction Begins!

Work has started on The Siena School’s new building and the contractors (Marion Construction) are on the job. The next week will involve “environmental remediation” before major construction begins and it becomes a “hard hat only zone”.  We thought you might like to see some photos of what the place currently looks like.  
We are ready with our hard hats!

Erik Heyer standing in what will be the main hall.
The future entry area. 
Work begins on the future science lab. 

The future elementary classroom. 

The elementary classroom from another angle.

More classroom spaces. 

Erik Heyer and Tom Carr (Project Manager) play a little basketball in the gym. 

Friday, July 13, 2012

Outpouring from local community

We are so thankful for the continued support from the local community as we launch our new building!

“I am so pleased that The Siena School has found a permanent home in Montgomery County,” said Councilmember Valerie Ervin, who chairs the Council’s Education Committee. “I have toured the school and visited with their students and it is clear that this program offers nurturing, creative learning opportunities so students not only reach their educational goals but also excel in life.”    

"We are tremendously excited to be able to establish a permanent home here in Silver Spring," said Erik Heyer, Founder of The Siena School. "We have appreciated the support of so many local friends and neighbors, and are delighted to be able to offer a first-class program to our students so close to our current location."
“We very much admire the work Siena does," said Pandit Wright, President & CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. "We are delighted to be able to serve our students in close proximity."

"Congratulations to The Siena School.  What a wonderful opportunity for growth!"  From all of us at LDA-MC.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Siena Purchases New Building

The Siena School (“Siena”) purchased the Boys and Girls Club building at 1300 Forest Glen Road in Silver Spring, completing a two-year process. This past April, the school was granted a Special Exception to operate at the site, with the support of surrounding neighborhood associations. Siena is excited to remain in the same community where it was founded, and to continue work with local businesses and community groups through student internships, volunteer work and special projects. This past Spring, the entire school worked with Friends of Sligo Creek to pull invasive weeds and its students have volunteered at the Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, as well as working with many area businesses and organizations.
The new property will provide Siena with a gym, playing field, playground and space to expand beyond its current enrollment of 80 students in grades 4-12. The school's Special Exception allows it to gradually increase enrollment up to 225 students over three phases of growth.
Renovation for the first phase will begin immediately. Siena, currently located nearby at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Forest Glen Road, plans to move to the new site once renovation is completed in the late fall. The school has arranged to allow Boys and Girls Club to continue to serve the local community at the site for up to eight years once the renovation is complete.

Check back for updates!