DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Ground was broken Tuesday for construction of Foxcroft Academy’s new on-campus dormitory, “The Lodge.” Construction will continue through the spring and summer and will conclude by Aug. 22. The new residence, designed by the firm of Higgins and Merriam and being built by Bowman Brothers Construction, will house 36 boarding students and four faculty families during the 2012-2013 academic year.
School officials said the construction of a new dorm in no way signals an expansion of the Foxcroft Academy boarding program, which will continue to comprise 90-100 students each year. During the most recent admission season, the academy’s administration learned that boarding students have a common desire to live on campus rather than with host parents or in off-campus dormitories. The primary objective of the construction project is to better serve the school’s current student population and to strengthen further a boarding program that already has proved to be highly beneficial to the school and community.
Foxcroft Academy had to cut down some trees to make room for the new dormitory, but school officials said the academy intends to plant a new grove of trees each year. Each graduating class will have an opportunity to plant trees as its parting class gift to the academy. The Class of 2012 already has declared its intention to do so.