In 2004, a substantial tract of adjacent land, formerly an avocado farm, was deeded to Palmer Trinity School. At the same time, the school had undergone a change in leadership, with a new Head of School, Sean Murphy. In order to expand upon the educational success of the school, Mr. Murphy and the school board ventured to expand the school’s academic and athletic programs and to increase enrollment to further diversify course offerings. The school looked to grow its student body by more than 50 percent and greatly expand its athletic and cultural facilities.
With such vision in mind, Palmer Trinity School engaged DPZ to undertake a new master plan, creating an environment that promotes education and the tenants of an rigorous Episcopal educational program. The campus expansion comprises the reprogramming of existing structures and addition of structures for daycare, elementary, middle and high school education, including a new library, performing arts center, athletic fields and accessory buildings, administrative offices, a campus community and dining building, and religious facilities in the form of a chapel.
The resulting campus master plan creates a safe and walkable campus through the distribution of defined squares and greens surrounded by educational components. These spaces vary in their character from the completion of an existing informal, natural green, to the creation of a new formal entrance and central campus green. The chapel holds a central role in the campus plan, terminating the entry axis and performance football field, and holding anchor along the series of campus squares and greens. In addition to the development of an overall master plan, DPZ performed schematic design and program each of the new buildings.
The Palmer Trinity School campus master plan with its variety of civic and educational spaces, represents a complete school campus designed to promote a sense of place and community for the academic public, providing spaces for gathering and educational support, as well as respecting the privacy of the neighboring residences.