The Field School is a co-educational preparatory school in Washington, D.C. teaching 6th-12th grades, and with about 380 students attending. In 2002, cox graae + spack architects was commissioned to master plan a new site for the school on 10 acres occupied by the former Cafritz family mansion on Foxhall Road. In 2012, having occupied their campus for over a decade, The Field School engaged cox graae + spack architects to update the master plan and expand their facilities. The program impacted all aspects of their campus - academic, arts, athletic and administration— creating two new integrated structures, the Elizabeth Meeting House and the Bridge. In the Meeting House, the focus was on providing a new school entry and a new all-school gathering space at the heart of the campus. Field requested a gathering space that feels like a ‘family room’ while being flexible enough to accommodate a wide range of activities--performance, presentations, and formal or informal gatherings. The Bridge contains performing arts spaces, a music performance space/classroom with adjacent recording studio and isolation booth, art and science labs and classrooms. The new structures are integrated into an already tight composition of existing buildings on a steeply sloping site, creating the feel of a small hill town. Outdoor spaces, adjacent to and on top of the new structures, provide a myriad of gathering opportunities of varied scale and size for the school community. cox graae + spack architects worked with a broad constituency from the school community to develop a design that reflects the unique culture at the Field School. Through the process, a design was developed that reflects the school’s vision down to the finest detail while accommodating a complicated and diverse program.