Founded in the 1906, The Madeira School is a private, non-denominational college-preparatory boarding school for over 300 girls, located on several hundred acres in McLean, VA. cox graae + spack architects was commissioned to undertake a long range master planning effort for the school’s forested campus overlooking the Potomac River gorge. A new gateway building represented the initial phase of this comprehensive planning document that recommended incremental upgrades of several key campus facilities over the ensuing decade. In Phase 1, a new Student Center was sited opposite “Main”, the School’s administration building, to emphasize the importance of this student-oriented function and the communal benefits of gathering for a meal at the heart of campus. Encountered from the entrance road, the west façade acts as a welcoming gateway to the inner pedestrian campus. Subsequent building projects articulated a vision for the implementation of initiatives focused on classroom / faculty spaces, student spaces, administrative spaces, housing, campus safety, parking and site circulation (vehicle and pedestrian) and maintenance / infrastructure. Final recommendations outlined anticipated project costs as well schedules and sequences for implementing the work.