School: Simon Athletic Complex
This new facility replaces Carey Field House and provides much-needed updates to support Principia School’s athletics program. It honors beloved coach, mentor, colleague, and friend Bill “Willy K” Simon. Carey Field House has served the School well over many decades, but it was built before the Title IX amendment passed and lacks facilities to sufficiently support all student-athletes. In addition, the School’s extensive physical education classes and team activities go beyond what our current facility can accommodate. The Simon Athletic Complex offers the amenities that coaches and student-athletes expect, while celebrating the qualities that define Principia athletics—sportsmanship rooted in teamwork, perseverance, and character.
College: School of Government Building Renovation (completed 2021)
The School of Government building has served the Principia College community as a critical campus hub for more than 50 years. Thanks to donor support, the fully renovated building opened its doors in 2021, providing updated, accessible common areas, classrooms, and office space.
College: Chapel Refresh (completed 2020)
After decades of service, the interior of the College Chapel was updated, thanks to donor support. From new pew upholstery and drapes to updated flooring and refreshed Readers’ rooms, this campus landmark is more beautiful than ever.
College: McVay Center for the Performing Arts at Morey (completed 2019)
The renovation of Morey Field House into the McVay Center for the Performing Arts provides stunning performance spaces featuring state-of-the-art equipment. Retaining the dignity of the original Maybeck structure, the renovated building includes a much-needed, 325-seat theatre—named after Academy Award-winner and Principia alum Robert Duvall (US’49, C’53), who credits Principia with introducing him to acting. Filling the gap between the 150-seat Davis Black Box and the 1,100-seat Cox Auditorium, this theatre frees faculty from the constraints of staging only those plays suited to very intimate or very large spaces.
College: Voney Art Center (completed 2017)
With the help of generous donors, the fully renovated Voney Art Center opened in 2017. The new space provides bigger, brighter studios; an exhibition gallery; dedicated areas for digital, mixed-media, and senior capstone projects; and a fresh, welcoming layout that draws non-majors and visitors to this hub of creativity.