The Gunnery, a private school in Washington, recently celebrated the groundbreaking for its college counseling office.

The building project is a two-story addition to the Bourne administration building.

In advance of the trustees' winter meeting, Nick Molnar, a volunteer and Gunnery Council member, made the final capital commitment needed to fully fund the second story on the project.

"This facility addresses the important need for the college process to have a beautiful and functional space," said Head of School Peter W.E. Becker, "where students will actively engage with counselors and visiting schools."

"Equally important is the ability to provide key leaders office space in one building," he said.

Each year, the college counseling office hosts representatives from approximately 100 colleges and universities and conducts meetings, both individual and group, with juniors and seniors.

The new college counseling office will provide additional space for students, parents and college counselors, as well as additional interviewing space for the admissions office.

"Families commit considerable resources to the Gunnery, and they expect not only an outstanding secondary educational experience, but also access to selective colleges and universities worldwide," said trustee Peter Slone, chairman of the board's buildings and grounds committee.

"The Gunnery must provide an appropriate world-class space that reflects the school's commitment to the college selection process," he said, "and facilitates interest in and communication with the colleges, their counselors and our own professional staff."

Becker was joined by board President Stephen W. Baird, trustees, Gunnery Council members, student leaders and other community members for the official ground-breaking of the college counseling office.