Phillips Exeter Academy


Athletic Facilities Master Plan

In 2001 Phillips Exeter Academy engaged B&D to evaluate the extent to which the academy’s athletic facilities were meeting the needs of the school and its students. Exeter had long promoted good health and fitness, viewing athletics as a key ingredient of each student’s educational experience. Therefore, it was important to determine whether—and to what extent—athletic facility improvements were needed. Our scope of work included an evaluation of Exeter’s athletic facilities, interviews with key personnel, and projections of space demand based on current and planned athletic programs. Our recommendations included a combination of new construction and renovation: renovations to the current athletic center; demolition of Thompson Gym and the Cage; and new construction including expanded weight and fitness space, international squash courts, indoor tennis courts, and an indoor field house. From the outset, our goal was to define a flexible macro-level plan for meeting identified long-term athletic space needs while maintaining maximum value. In the end, it was this flexible strategy that enabled Exeter to proceed with a phased approach to improvements—beginning with a fundraising effort—without needing to build remote facilities or remove field space.