Hello! I’m here to share updates about the new dorm for our students. We have already selected the site. However, many of you would like to know what the building will look like. Sharing that will be MSSD Principal Mindi Failing. Hello, I am the principal here at MSSD. I was involved in the dorm design competition process. What an intensive, fun process… We had many students participate, submitting amazing ideas. The Gallaudet architects were involved, as were after school, dorm, and athletics staff. We all brainstormed… And at the recent school-wide meeting we announced the dorm design. You just saw the conceptual sketches… they’re exciting. The building will have four floors, rooms for 160 beds, and apartments for staff and guests. Also, we will landscape the surroundings. We are excited and know the building will be attractive. We selected two architecture firms. They presented a design that we really like. It was gorgeous, secure, and home-like. Also, they worked with us well and were very receptive to feedback. I look forward to working with them throughout construction. I also would like to thank everyone who participated in the dorm design process. Most of all, our students. This would not have been possible without them. Thank you! So, what’s next? The dorm design needs to be fine-tuned and finalized. Groundbreaking will be this fall. We anticipate completing construction in 2016. Stay updated at our Facebook page and with our web articles and photos. This is very exciting for all of us here. Thank you!