TCS Renaissance Plan

As part of Trinity College School’s sesquicentennial milestone and celebration in 2015, the recent construction of buildings such as the visual arts wing, Cirne Hall and the Arnold Massey ’55 Athletic Centre has enhanced our overall campus and programming offerings in immeasurable ways. These stellar new campus facilities, in concert with the significant growth of the School’s endowment, are not only proving to serve our current students and staff well, but also promise to support generations of future TCS students and staff.

With these building projects now complete, and a perennial focus on endowment growth, the School would like to make you aware of the next phase of planning and initiatives aimed at ensuring the facilities and infrastructure inherent to our beautiful campus are respectfully preserved and enhanced, securing their sustainability for the future.

Collectively, as a school community, we have worked hard over the past several years to ensure we have:

  • A culture that is welcoming, kind, purposeful and with a focus on service;
  • A program that is forward-focused, looking to foster 21st century learning skills;
  • A healthy endowment to enable a greater number of deserving students entry into TCS;
  • Sustainable new facilities that suit our student body’s needs.

However, like many independent schools and post-secondary institutions of our history and size, we have identified the need to establish a plan to maintain a healthy infrastructure for this great school, for generations to come.

Restoration & renewal of campus infrastructure

The TCS Renaissance Plan marks a new phase of campus planning which is committed to the restoration and renewal of the School’s campus infrastructure. Enhancing and revitalizing our heritage buildings, which have been inherited from earlier times in our school’s history, will be our primary focus. By caring for these facilities, and the systems that support them, we will help ensure that they remain standing and in good repair now, and for another 150 years.

Through the initiatives of the Renaissance Plan, today’s TCS community will honour the great TCS tradition of ensuring the future of this school for future generations.

The first initiatives of the TCS Renaissance Plan will work to address the primary goal of rejuvenating our heritage buildings. While our newer facilities have been built in an environmentally sensitive way with efficiency and sustainability in mind, many of our older buildings are inefficient and costly to heat and cool, physically compromised by sheer age requiring frequent and costly maintenance and renovations, and do not feature environmentally responsible features; they will simply prove to become unsustainable.

Planned projects

A formal Condition Survey of our campus was conducted in 2016-2017; this independently run audit of our campus buildings provided a full assessment of our campus facilities. These projects were identified as short-term priorities through the survey and will begin to be addressed in 2017-2018:

  • New campus fire alarm system
  • New campus storm and sanitary water system
  • New washrooms, plumbing systems & heating systems as deemed highest priority in select residential houses
  • New ventilation system for the Senior School’s Life Sciences wing, which is home to computer science as well as some sciences such as biology and chemistry
  • Various improvements to Boulden House including new change rooms, a new ventilation and dehumidification system

While these projects have been prioritized to commence in the upcoming year, there are several other projects aimed at renewing and restoring campus facilities and infrastructure which the School aims to begin once funds become available. The School plans to complete approximately $6 million in campus improvements by 2020, with a total of close to $38 million spent by 2032.

Initiatives in support of the TCS Renaissance Plan

As a member of this school community, very soon you will learn of plans and initiatives in support of the restoration and renewal of our campus infrastructure. Some of the first initiatives that our community will learn about are outlined below.

  • Fiscal responsibility – With a commitment to not compromise the breadth, depth or delivery of the program we offer our students, we have found ways to realize efficiencies in our day-to-day operations. Going forward, TCS will continue to encourage a thoughtful and judicious approach to spending.
  • Annual Facilities Fee – Much like other institutions, going forward and beginning with enrolment for the 2018-2019 school year, a new Annual Facilities Fee will be collected and directed to the restoration and maintenance of campus buildings and infrastructure.

    What does this mean to me as a TCS parent? The new Annual Facilities Fee of $1,000 CDN per student will apply, commencing with the student’s second year of enrolment at TCS. Current students will benefit right away from the investment being made into facility restoration; several of the planned short-term projects will commence before the end of the current academic year.
  • Targeted fundraising – The majority of the required funding for the TCS Renaissance Plan will be derived from donations. TCS community members will be encouraged to make donations to the TCS Renaissance Plan supporting priority Junior and Senior School enhancements.

For the future of TCS

As a school, we are committed to a process of continual improvement. In our role as caretakers for future generations of Trinity College School students, we are laying the foundation for the long-term sustainability of our campus.

The TCS Renaissance Plan will be our collective legacy.