Tabor Academy opened Matsumura House, a boys' dorm, in 2015. And now, Cornelia Hall for boarding girls, is under construction with plans to open in September 2019. The buildings' design incorporates new and exciting ideas about residential life that take shape in these beautiful facilities.
The structures provide an opportunity to improve the residential life experience for students by providing more open common spaces for student-faculty interaction. Architect Will Saltonstall '82 said, “The inspiration for the dorm's interiors was a lively urban streetscape, breaking the tradition of long straight corridors with rooms stacked on either side. We designed the dorms much like a large home, with different nooks for small gatherings of students, a kitchen island for working collaboratively on homework or making a snack, as well as plenty of bright, open areas for the dorm community to be together.” With its large common area, each dorm often hosts inter-dorm events, increasing student engagement within our diverse learning and living community.
Saltonstall, who designed the school’s first Gold Certified LEED design project in 2005, shared that because of the importance of sustainability at Tabor the projects feature locally sourced materials and systems, super efficient insulation and windows, high efficiency boilers, water saving strategies, photovoltaic panels, and LED lighting.