History of the Project
Dating back now more than a decade, in 2007, the EDS Board of Trustees adopted a new strategic plan to help prepare the school for future generations of students and families. A primary objective of the plan was, “To ensure that the campus and facilities adequately serve the people and programs of Episcopal Day School.” Two strategies for reaching that objective were 1) Design an architectural footprint for potential building enhancement and expansion, and 2) Identify land and facilities priorities, starting with athletic facilities, and analyze opportunities.
After a lengthy search process, the Flowing Wells Campus parcel was identified and purchased in the closing days of 2012. As the need for athletic facilities had been a principal driver to invest in new property, the first proposed plan for the FWC emerged in 2013, but it was not until 2016 that the Board of Trustees and Vestry of the Church of the Good Shepherd unanimously moved forward with the current master plan.
On June 21, 2016, a combined meeting of the Episcopal Day School Board of Trustees and the Vestry of the Church of the Good Shepherd reviewed and approved a comprehensive master plan for the development of the near 30-acre Flowing Wells Campus and a plan for the phasing of construction and fundraising to support implementation of the plan.
The master plan, as designed and approved, provides a balance between academic, athletic, and community spaces, demonstrating a commitment on behalf of the Board and Vestry to not only prepare the school and parish for service to future generations but also to serve the growing needs of residents across the greater Augusta area. Geographically, the development of the Flowing Wells Campus also creates a stronger presence for the school and parish in the westernmost part of Richmond County, nearer to some of the most robust residential real estate development generated in part by the growth of Ft. Gordon.