Wayland Academy Opens New Dormitory For Girls

(Beaver Dam) Construction of a new dormitory for girls at Wayland Academy has been completed. Burnham Hall officially opened on August 12th. The two-story, 30,000-square-foot building is centrally located on Wayland’s main campus in Beaver Dam.

Burnham Hall has 30 double-occupancy rooms for boarding students, plus a limited number of single rooms for student prefects. Modern two- and three-bedroom faculty apartments are on each floor, featuring oversized windows with bright, natural light. The planning phase of Burnham Hall began in 2017, with a groundbreaking held in August of 2021.

Prior to its completion last month, the main residence hall for girls was Warren Cottage—built in 1888 as the second building on campus. Today, Wayland’s 167-year-old campus consists of 15 buildings across its 55-acre campus. Burnham Hall is the first building in more than 30 years to be added to the campus.

After Burnham Hall, the second aspect of the Wayland Made campaign is to increase the Academy’s endowment. This includes scholarships for local, domestic, and international students, as well as attracting talented and dedicated faculty.

The third goal of the Wayland Made campaign is a reinvigorated Discovery Hall, Wayland’s science education building. Renovations include updated biology labs, as well as a multi-purpose facility equipped with the technology needed to continue preparing Wayland graduates for careers in the cutting-edge industries of science and technology.