More Bulldozers

Dear Norfolk Academy Family,

The bulldozers are back! As we wrapped up the fall athletic season with a state-of-the-art turf field at the front of the campus, we immediately embarked on the next phase of athletic improvements. The football field—which went from grass to mounds of dirt in just over a week—will emerge by spring as our second artificial turf field, designed to be used for football and lacrosse. In addition, the track surrounding the field will be wider, accommodating eight full-size lanes. While some are nostalgic about the loss of natural grass, schools across the country are seeking to install turf football fields because they allow peak playing conditions year-round, and they are easier to maintain, thus limiting the challenges that arise in muddy conditions.

The companies hired to complete this project are leaders in the industry, not only for the excellence of their finished products, but also for their unmatched safety records. Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas & Company, a Norfolk-based architecture firm, has developed campus plans and projects at an array of colleges and universities nationwide. Locally, the firm designed and built the Ferguson Center for the Arts at Christopher Newport University and the Medical Education and Research Building at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Whiting-Turner, a national leader in the construction industry with more than a century of experience, has built projects in every sector, including higher education, healthcare, and retail. Their work includes Norfolk Academy’s Tucker Arts Center and the Athletic Pavilion, as well as athletic facilities at an array of institutions, including Baylor University, Loyola University Maryland, and The College of William & Mary. We are fortunate to work in partnership with these respected firms.

Of course, the safety of students is our foremost concern. We are working closely with these firms to ensure that safety zones and barricades are clearly marked; we are also ensuring that construction traffic does not interfere with our high-traffic periods during the school day. Quite simply, students will be kept away from the construction sites. While we’re all curious, observation will go on at a distance! We will provide photos on our website and social media to keep everyone in the loop about these exciting changes.

In this “Year of Enthusiasm,” I am both enthusiastic and profoundly grateful for your support of this school. Your commitment to Norfolk Academy enlivens our work every single day.

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