Community Dedicates "A Grand Welcome to Casady School"
Casady School dedicated its new Pennsylvania Avenue entrance during a community wide celebration at Homecoming on Oct. 19.
This capital campaign project titled ‘A Grand Welcome to Casady School’ features a new four-lane roundabout off the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance, Welcome Center, art sculpture, landscaping, and lighting. The School has also implemented a Visitor Management System that requires a car decal and RFID identification for vehicles that come on campus. The reimagined entrance and enhanced security initiatives work in combination to keep students safe, while continuing to provide an open and inviting environment for Casady guests and visitors.
“We are grateful to all of the alumni and friends who gave generously to this important security initiative,” said Nathan L. Sheldon, Head of Casady School. “Safety has been, and will always be, front of mind when we make any campus improvements. ‘A Grand Welcome’ adds a layer of security and provides an entrance our entire Community can be proud of, while maintaining the charm and beauty of our campus. We are thankful to everyone who made this new entrance a reality, because ultimately, they made the safety of our students a priority.”
In addition to better-controlled visitor and guest campus access, delivery and commercial vehicles will no longer be part of the traffic flow at the Pennsylvania entrance. A new delivery entrance on the east side of campus will accommodate those vehicles, removing them from the internal campus and away from students. Another new security enhancement is all faculty and staff wear identification when they are on campus, and several buildings are now locked during the day.
The ‘A Grand Welcome to Casady’ project is part of the School’s campus master plan designed in 2016. Construction began in June following graduation services for the Class of 2018. The highlight of the new entrance is an Alice Aycock sculpture titled ‘Twister Grande.’ Ms. Aycock is an internationally lauded artist who has exhibited in museums and galleries in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. ‘Twister Grande’ is from The Turbulence Series, Aycock’s 2017 exhibition at the Marlborough Gallery in New York. This is the second major outdoor art sculpture on display at Casady School. A Jaume Plensa sculpture was dedicated in 2015.
“Casady School’s holistic education focuses on mind, body, and spirit, and as such values exposing our students to the arts,” said Matthew Cloud, Director of Development. “‘Twister Grande,’ which was generously donated by an anonymous patron of Casady, reinforces the School’s commitment to the arts. Ms. Aycock’s sculpture is the perfect piece to welcome our Cyclones – past, present and future.”