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Monday, December 4, 2017

Pinecrest School celebrates completion of new building

The new building on the Pinecrest campus.
The Pinecrest School community gathered for an emotional ribbon-cutting event Dec. 4 to celebrate the completion of a new building. 

The private school, at 7209 Quiet Cove, Annandale, serves about 85 students in preschool through grade 6. 

Pinecrest Head of School Nicole McDermott speaks at the dedication of the building. Left to right: board chair Nick Wakeman, McDermott; Mason Supervisor Penny Gross; project manager Jaime Kurry; and Somer Cross.
The new building has six classrooms for the lower grades, offices, a conference room, Spanish room, teachers’ lounge, and small library. The upper grades will remain in the school’s other building.

The new facility replaces an old building that had originally been a house and was added to over the years. The new building is only slightly bigger but is better organized. It will allow Pinecrest to add a few more students.

Pinecrest fifth-grader Ethan Hush cuts the ribbon. 
Head of School Nicole McDermott presented Mason Supervisor Penny Gross with a brick from the old building in appreciation of her help with the rezoning process. Gross called the new building “Pinecrest’s present to the community and to future generations.”

McDermott thanked the many people who contributed to the effort. Among those recognized at the Dec. 4 event: Jaime Kurry, the project manager; Somer Cross, who oversaw the moves out of the old building and into the new one; Elizabeth Crowder, the fundraising chair; land use attorney Lynne Strobel; the team from Work Program Architects; ModSpace; Virginia Community Capital; Peace Lutheran Church, which housed some classes during the construction; the board members; teachers; and other staff.

A classroom in the new building.
“Encouragement is what I will remember the most,” McDermott said about the five-year process to plan for and construct the new building. She especially appreciated receiving a card from a preschooler before a big meeting, as well as many kind words and emails from the Pinecrest community.

“This has been a long journey with many ups and downs,” said Nick Wakeman, chair of the Pinecrest board. In recognizing the many volunteers who worked on the building – they did everything from scrubbing the baseboards to putting up bookcases – he said the effort lives up to the Pinecrest motto: “This is community.”  

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