Founders Hall

Honoring Our Past, Building Our Future

Made possible by the incredible generosity of the late Barry and Wendy Rowland, Founders Hall is the capstone element of the Rowland Project, a $20M investment in Burr and Burton's mission to serve the students of southwestern Vermont. 

Housing a new center for integrative studies, the 25,000 sq ft Founders Hall has become BBA's new home for the English and Social Studies departments, as well as a maker's space, and a grand central atrium/library leading up to a spectacular view of Mr. Equinox. The top level also features the Belltower Room, a flexible meeting space highlighting the view of the school's iconic Seminary belltower.

Founders Hall News

List of 9 news stories.

  • Founders Hall is Open

    Burr and Burton students, faculty, staff, and honored guests gathered on this brisk and brilliant morning to celebrate the official opening of the school’s new 25,000-square-foot academic building, Founders Hall.
  • Founders Hall and The Future of Academics at Burr and Burton

    By design, Founders Hall will shape the future of academics at Burr and Burton
  • Founders Hall Progress: A Bright Spot in Challenging Times

    While most of Burr and Burton’s collective attention focused this fall on the challenges of reopening in the face of a pandemic, a beacon of hope and optimism quietly (and sometimes not so quietly) took shape behind the Seminary Building.
  • Founders Hall is Taking Shape

    Last Thursday under a clear blue sky, a small group from Burr and Burton was lucky to tour the framework of Founders Hall.
  • From The VIEW: Founders Hall Construction Begins

    On June 5, just hours before Burr and Burton Academy’s 187th Commencement, a small group gathered in the staff parking lot to honor BBA’s past and celebrate its future at an official groundbreaking celebration for Founders Hall. The new 25,000-square-foot center for integrated studies is slated for completion in the summer of 2021.
    With the global pandemic, the timing of this project had been in doubt. 
  • Construction Begins on BBA's New Founders Hall

    MANCHESTER, VERMONT — Just hours before celebrating Burr and Burton Academy’s 187th Commencement on Friday, June 5, the school broke ground on Founders Hall, a visionary new academic building, funded by the late Barry and Wendy Rowland, that will transform BBA’s historic campus and put millions of dollars into the local economy.
  • Burr and Burton to Break Ground on Founders Hall

    After extensive conversations and analysis with our construction firm, DEW, we have reached the decision that we will move forward as planned with the construction of Founders Hall now rather than later. We expect to break ground in the coming weeks.
  • Founders Hall Design Update: August 2019

    In August 2019, Burr and Burton shared the plans for Founders Hall, a 25,000 sq ft academic building made possible by the remarkable generosity of Barry and Wendy Rowland.
  • BBA Alum Kyle Murphy ‘07 Selected as Architect for Rowland Project; ZGF Architects Named as Executive Architect

    BBA alumnus Kyle Murphy ‘07 and his firm KaTO Architects will lead the design of the $20 million Rowland Project created by local benefactor Wendy Rowland and her late husband Barry. Kyle will work in partnership with ZGF Architects, a Washington, D.C. based firm that will serve as Executive Architect.  The centerpiece of the Rowland Project will be a 25,000 square foot 21st-century learning center coupled with a courtyard on what is currently a parking lot located behind the venerable Seminary Building...