Next Step in Middle School Campus Transformation is Underway

Since the opening of the Middle School Arts & World Languages Center in March, students and faculty have gotten a big taste of what it’s like to learn and teach in a facility on par with the quality of a Durham Academy education. And now, the next step in a plan to transform the entire Middle School is underway, with the Gateway Center site prepared for construction to begin.

The two-story Gateway Center will house core academic classrooms and labs and will include an administrative wing with integrated student support space. When completed, the main entrance to the Middle School will be from University Drive.


Site preparation, including demolition of the “200 Building” and Taylor Hall, has been ongoing since the summer, and concrete is scheduled to be poured this week. For a bird’s eye view of the most recent site work, explore these photos captured by Office of Information Technology team member Dave Chandler. 

The Gateway Center represents Phase 4 of a multi-year plan to transform the Middle School and Upper School campuses:

  • Phase 1: STEM Wing of Upper School STEM & Humanities Center (completed Fall 2018)

  • Phase 2: Humanities Wing and Smith Assembly Hall of Upper School STEM & Humanities Center (completed Spring 2019) and K Family Outdoor Commons (completed Fall 2019)

  • Phase 3: Middle School Arts & World Languages Center (completed Spring 2021)

  • Phase 4: Middle School Gateway Center (tentative completion Spring 2023)

  • Phases 5 and 6: Middle School Humanities & Media Center and Gymnasium


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