In March 2019, Dexter Southfield announced Building a Better Tomorrow, a $15-million project to transform the campus and improve the student experience for all grades. Just three months after the announcement, Dexter Southfield broke ground on the project’s major component, a new lower school complex for PreK-Class 5.
In just 11 months, fundraising exceeded $12M, including an initial gift of $5M from the Gui Family, the largest gift in the School’s history. Our early investors included parents from each division, parents of alumni, and grandparents. With each conversation, we learned about the pride families have for our School and the collective excitement for our strong future.
Despite the challenges of the spring, construction continued on Building a Better Tomorrow. The construction team remained committed to keeping our project on schedule and on budget and following all necessary health and safety guidelines.
On Thursday, August 27, after nearly six months away from campus, nearly 1,200 Dexter Southfield students, faculty, and staff returned to full-time, on-campus learning. In recognition of their historic gift to the School, the building was named in honor of the Gui family.
The Gui Building added 33,000 square feet to our campus footprint, allowing for our more than 970 students in PreK-Class 12 to safely learn, create, and compete together on campus.
"I was surprised with the library. Most libraries have books and chairs only. But it’s awesome that Dexter Southfield really thought about how to make spaces that help make kids like reading more. It’s like they worked around the clock to make this building happen! It makes me look forward to school and doing new things."
Theo, Boys' Class 4
"The library is really comfortable! I love going in there to read."
Jackson, Boys' Class 5
"The new Innovation Lab opens the door to so many opportunities for our students. It provides a space where the children can explore, get things wrong, and try again. The hands-on, project-based learning we do in this space strengthens their math, critical thinking, language, and science skills and builds teamwork."
Liz Briody, Lower School STEM Teacher