Founded in 1838, The Pennington School is an independent, coeducational school that serves day and boarding students in grades 6 through 12 at its 55-acre campus in central New Jersey. Building upon the recent Strategic Plan that confirmed the institution’s priorities as faculty excellence and the student experience, Pennington embarked on several campus planning initiatives that will be foundational for an upcoming Capital Campaign.
Pennington initially developed a Landscape Master Plan (LMP) to explore opportunities that would allow a more pedestrian-friendly environment for students and visitors, improve campus signage and wayfinding, and strengthen the brand of the institution along the campus edge. The LMP also sought to incorporate principles of sustainable design to further Pennington’s commitment to the environment. To maximize the value of the planning work, the recommendations were informed by input from a diverse and inclusive range of constituents through focus and working group meetings.
Building on this work, Pennington subsequently developed a Campus Master Plan (CMP) that will guide capital project decision-making primary initiatives: student and faculty housing; athletics and recreation; and performing arts and all-school gathering spaces. The CMP complements the LMP by considering how investments in existing and new buildings will fit into the landscape, and adhere to the principles and recommendation of the LMP.
Role + Responsibilities
Pennington retained Zubatkin to advise on and manage the development of the Landscape and Campus Master Plans. The engagement began with a review of the planning goals as the basis for designing a selection process for the planning team tailored to the objectives of the institution. Working closely with the Pennington leadership team, Zubatkin managed the overall master planning process, from setting up the project governance to guiding development of the final reports that together form a framework for future capital investments.
- Client The Pennington School
- Location Pennington, NJ
- DIGSAU (Planner)
- Quennell Rothschild & Partners (Landscape Architect)
Rainwater Harvesting, Stormwater Management
Native plantings reduce water consumption
Energy consumption & food services/waste reduction
Integrating sustainability into curricula