Building for the Community

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Fall 2022 Update

Good news! The design development phase of the project is nearly complete and Metcalfe is starting on the construction documentation phase. The hope is to break ground in the summer of 2023 and move into the new building over the summer of 2025. During the society meeting on September 28, Stewart Asplundh and Reuben Mergen reported that, in May, the building committee received new cost estimates for the design at that time totaling $84M. Fortunately, we were able to raise additional funds to meet the new project cost, with total funding at $84.9M! Thank you to the community and our committee members for the continue support.

To read more about this and past updates, click here. Questions about the school and BATS projects? Click here to explore our Q&A's.

For more than 60 years, Bryn Athyn Church School has been a special and valued center for the life of our community. It is where generations of New Church children have begun their lifelong journey of education. Since 1970, when the Society Building (All Purpose Building) was constructed, this facility has also been an important gathering place for our congregation to come together for informal worship, wedding celebrations, school programs, sporting events, community programs, and more.

Now we are embarking on a comprehensive new building project designed to ensure that Bryn Athyn Church and School will continue to play a vital role in our lives and for generations to come. In bringing our plans to fruition, we seek support from all those who wish to see this center thrive and serve as an educational, spiritual, and natural home for the life of our community.

Our Plan

Our plan is to build vibrant and welcoming spaces for our Elementary School, Church Office, Society Building, and Thrift Shop.

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Given the extent of our current facility’s constraints and maintenance issues, our plan is to construct a completely new building on an adjacent site. This plan, affirmed at our October 13 Society meeting, not only solves a myriad of problems but also allows us to continue providing onsite education with minimal disruption for our current students while construction is underway. We are prepared to begin construction as early as Summer 2023.

The new facility will provide separate welcoming entrances for the church and the school. Shared spaces will include a sloped floor auditorium and outdoor gathering areas. Students and visitors will experience new academic and social spaces featured throughout the building. The school wing will house dynamic educational environments for preschool through 8th grade. The church wing will be home to the church office, society kitchen, and a beautiful space for gatherings.

The building committee is fully committed to supporting Bryn Athyn Thrift Shop (BATS) in getting up and running in its new location, incorporating parts of the old barn. The new site will be a fenced in and gated two-acre section of Academy property near Buck and Byberry Roads (across from Pine Run Park). The Academy has given their strong approval to move forward with this project.

An Invitation to Participate

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We are extremely grateful for the $84 million in donations and pledges received from key donors and community donors. Your generosity helped us to reach our goal and will allow us to finalize the project debt-free. The success of our shared commitment is a powerful symbol of the strength and passion of our community.

On behalf of all who will gather, work, learn, play, and worship in these new spaces, we thank you for your contribution to this effort.

Photo renderings created by Metcalfe Architecture and Designs.