Epstein Joslin Architects

Learning Spaces

Dedham Country Day School

Dedham, MA

Providing a framework for the school community on DCD’s 16-acre campus, the proposed expansion and renovation reinforces DCD’s mission and reflects the balance of arts, academics, and athletics at the School. The insertion of a new 350-seat Performing Arts Center allows the Primary, Lower, and Middle Schools to gather in a single space, offers a rich range of seating and performance configurations visually connected to the landscape, and is integrated into the life of the School. Its physical location alongside a generous cascading stair creates a vibrant daily path connecting the Lower and Middle Schools with the arts. A relocated Library, situated opposite the Performing Arts Center, opens to the south light and views of the Blue Hills.

Features of the Phase 1 Lower School Expansion include new and renovated classrooms, and shared reading rooms to accommodate an expanding Lower School enrollment; and a commitment to sustainability in low-impact site development, high-efficiency envelope, and reduced energy consumption.

Drawings and Models copyright Epstein Joslin Architects

Project Completion Date

Phase 1: September 2012

Project Cost

Phase 1: $4.4 million Construction Cost, $6 million Project Cost

Project Size

17,000 sf (8,000 sf new, and 9,000 sf renovation)


Dedham Country Day School

Owner's Representative

The Casali Group


Erland Construction


Principals-in-Charge: Alan Joslin and Ray Porfilio (PM)
Deborah Epstein (Finishes)
Designers: Steven Saude, Andy Golubitsky, Anthony Lawson, Elizabeth Nguyen

Consultants for design team

Structural: Roome & Guarrancino Engineers
MEP: Syska Henessy Group
Civil Engineer: Coler & Colantonio
Landscape Architect: Steve Stimson Associates
Acoustics: Acentech Inc.
80 Trowbridge Street Cambridge, MA 02138 telephone: 617-868-1766 fax: 617-661-1148