October Building Update
Dear Billings families,
As most of you will recall, last spring we announced a major renovation of the Billings Main Building, slated to begin work late this school year. I wanted to give you a quick update, and introduce you to some key players.
Planning for the renovation is well under way. And you’ll see two new faces in the building this fall, as we continue to prepare for construction to begin.
Meet...Dale Pinney! Dale Pinney, from First Western Development Advisors LLC (FWDA), is our Project Manager. FWDA provides real estate development services to developers, individual owners, corporations, non-profits and tenants. Dale has 27 years of development management experience on commercial, office, medical office and multifamily projects primarily in the Pacific Northwest, but also up and down the West coast. He grew up in Seattle, and attended college at the University of Washington. Dale and his wife, Karin, have two adult children and live in Redmond WA.
Meet...Greg MacDonald! Greg MacDonald, from DDG Architects, will serve as our architect on this project. Greg is a Seattle native, born and raised in the north end. He attended Blanchet High School and the University of Washington, holding undergraduate and master of architecture degrees. He has been licensed to practice architecture in the State of Washington since 1990. Outside of architecture. he has wide range of interests in music, local sports and the outdoors. Greg is a leader and has played competitively, with the Keith Highlanders Pipe Band for over 30 years. Greg has taught and coached in a number of areas including piping, drumming, baseball, football, wrestling and graphics/computer modeling.
So when you see Dale and Greg on campus, make sure you say hi!
You’ll also see a new “decoration” on campus by the end of the week: our notification of land use signs! This just means we are moving ahead, and are still on track for a late spring launch date!
And finally, if you are a current parent, by now you should have received an invitation to one of our fall house parties. These are opportunities to learn more about the renovation project (and see some amazing architectural renderings of our new home) and to ask questions about the project! If you have not yet RSVP’ed for a house party, I hope you will. I look forward to sharing more about the project with you!
All the best,
Head of School Anne-Evan Williams, Phd