This case study encompasses the review of present athletic facilities at King’s – Edgehill School (KES) and ultimately the plan for projected facility needs at the school. There was a need to review a number of facility development plans, over the past couple of decades, commissioned by the school. The most recent plan was titled, Staying Competitive – A Long Range Facilities Plan (Harvey, 2015). This plan reviewed a number of new outdoor and indoor facilities on campus. There was a meeting of KES community stakeholders including parents, administration, faculty, administrative staff, athletics, and other interested parties. This meeting was set to identify interest and need for new facility development for the future success of the school.
This particular project looked at the present programs and facilities available at KES, and an inventory was developed and shared with the administration, faculty, and maintenance staff. There was also an athletic program and facility survey produced and e-mailed to the entire school community including faculty, staff, students, parents, and alumni. This survey ultimately served to define what programs are important to the school now and into the future and what facilities will have to be developed to provide adequately for those programs.
Athletics is an important part of school life at KES. As one of the school pillars, the focus on athletic participation comes from the KES Athletics philosophy of preparing students for postsecondary education and developing a lifelong enthusiasm for spiritual and intellectual growth (Walsh, 2014). The lessons learned on the court, in the gym, in the pool, on the course, and on the field enhance the educational objectives of the school and better prepare students to lead balanced productive lives. Facility development is at the heart of the growth and success of the school and the best plans for the future must include all stakeholders and look beyond the immediate needs.