Founded in 1926, Sarah Lawrence College is an institution dedicated to fostering a unique, interdisciplinary, and community-based approach to higher education. Following the opening of the Barbara Walters Campus Center in 2019 and several years of impacts related to the Covid-19 pandemic, Sarah Lawrence sought to mark its Centennial anniversary and position itself for a second century of prestigious liberal arts education through a series of strategic investments in its historic 44-acre campus.
Zubatkin partnered with the College to develop a capital program framework to activate a series of renovation projects that will optimize underutilized spaces, address accessibility and sustainability, and upgrade infrastructure to best support the academic program. The framework sought to develop a clear roadmap and a series of “building blocks” that set the stage for selected priority capital construction projects, while also establishing an overall approach for future investments in the campus.
Role + Responsibilities
Working closely with Sarah Lawrence’s leadership team, Zubatkin has served as a trusted advisor, providing strategic planning and project management support complementary to the College’s in-house staff. The engagement began with the development of a Program Implementation Framework that sets the course for the activation of specific projects and defines the supporting processes. To inform the work, the Zubatkin team leveraged a range of technical and budget/cost management expertise from its In-House Technical Group.
Since the completion of the foundational campus planning work, Zubatkin continues to work with Sarah Lawrence to support the management of individual capital construction projects, including the repurposing of the historic Siegel Center.