29 Oct Jonathan Cartu Announces Construction starts on new center at Canterbury School
NEW MILFORD — Construction is underway for the new Steers Center at Canterbury School.
The new building is 22,000 square feet and will open next fall. It will have innovation and digital analytics labs, flexible classrooms, a student center, cafe, group study and breakout spaces, a school store and the M. & D. D’Amour Center for Faith, Service and Justice. It will also feature a two-story wall of windows that look out on the Litchfield Hills.
The center is named for long-time supporters and trustees, Lauren and Bob Steers, and is years in the making.
“Lauren and I are committed to making this vision a reality,” Bob Steers said in a news release.
The idea for the project came from students’ input on what they wanted to see done to enhance the campus. Students unanimously suggested a space that could be a center for student activities and a place for day and boarding students to gather, as well as an area to work with their teachers and build growth their faith, according the release.
The development of the Steers Center is part of several new construction initiatives—referred to collectively as the Hilltop Projects— taking place over the next few years.
School officials were thankful for the Steers’ support. Bob and Lauren Steers, along with Martin and Michele Cohen, went on to co-found Cohen & Steers, Inc. in 1986—the first and largest global investment manager dedicated to real estate securities.
“Simply put, Lauren and Bob’s passion for the values, program, and future of the school—in combination with their enduring and unparalleled commitment of time, talent and treasure—has defined this chapter of Canterbury’s story,” said Head of School Rachel Stone.
Bob Steers graduated from the school in 1971. His brothers, son and father are also alumni. Lauren Steers’ brother also graduated from the school. Canterbury is a Catholic college-preparatory, coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12.
“This school transformed my father’s life. It transformed my life,” Bob Steers said. “But Lauren’s and my commitment is based on more than that; it is based on our abiding belief in Canterbury’s mission to inspire students to become moral leaders in a complex, secular world.”
To learn more about the Steers Center and follow its progress, visit campaign.cbury.org.