The Derryfield School Celebrates Groundbreaking

The Derryfield School leadership, staff, community members and project partners celebrated the start of construction on The Commons.

Manchester, NH – After a busy first month at the site of the Derryfield School’s future dining facility, design-builder Eckman Construction paused work for an evening to allow school leadership, staff, community members and project partners to celebrate the start of construction with a ceremonial groundbreaking.

The Commons will provide a 12,000sf addition featuring a dining area with seating for over 300 people, an open servery with food stations, a pizza oven, a commercial kitchen that will house a wide range of commercial cooking equipment, and an auxiliary dish room.

The design is intended to create a bright, welcoming, and inspiring atmosphere. Exposed heavy timber trusses will allow the structure to clear span the entire dining space and provide a vaulted ceiling. Additional dormer windows and a copula will allow natural light to reach deep into The Commons.

Andy Chappell, head of school, views the future dining commons as “the heart of Derryfield,” and says the new addition will not only connect the Athletic & Wellness Center with the Upper and Middle School buildings, but also “spiritually allow us to gather each day together to enjoy healthy food and to interact with one another, in community.”

The design-build project team includes Banwell Architects, TFMoran, and W.V. Engineering Associates. Eckman Construction previously provided design-build services for the Derryfield Athletic & Wellness Center and Science & Innovation Center, both completed in 2019.