Raise the Roof Campaign

St. Andrew's Blueprint for the Future
Let's raise the standards we have for the buildings and facilities our students and teachers deserve. Let's raise our vision of our reach - the countless generations of future world-changers who will call St. Andrew's their second home when we complete this work.  Let's raise the possibilities of what it means to educate the whole student. Let's Raise the Roof, Together!

This campaign, the largest in our 70-year history, will help us build scholars who change the world, artists who change lives, athletes who will change their destinies and servants who will carry the light of St. Andrew's Episcopal School into the future for generations.

This is a vision that enables anyone that enters our doors to obtain an exceptional educational experience….a vision that allows our students and faculty access to the latest and most advanced resources for
teaching and learning, a vision that first provides an environment conducive to student personal growth and safety, a vision that helps everyone in this room and beyond to achieve a dream.

Phase 1

Phase 1 is expected to be fully under construction or completed in three to five years. It will include the following:

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  • Athletics Complex and Student Union on Southwest Parkway Campus

    Intentional spaces for community-building, student clubs, Parent Association and Alumni meetings, our Spirit Shop and social gathering spaces indoors and outdoors 

    • Six courts (competition and practice), which will allow St. Andrew’s to host Middle and Upper School tournaments and support multi-team practices at reasonable hours
    • A 4,000 square foot fitness and training center to support our student athletes and physical education programs
    • Locker rooms and meeting rooms for both home and visiting teams
    • Studios to support 6-12 dance programs and  Middle and Upper School musical theater programs with spaces for teaching and rehearsals
  • Relocated and New Middle School on Southwest Parkway

    • A multi-story, self-contained academic complex with flexible classrooms, science and innovation labs, and indoor/outdoor social and community-building gathering spaces
    • This relocation will allow Upper and Middle School faculty to collaborate across their divisions, enhancing academic opportunities for Middle School students and ensuring academic consistency as they move to the upper grades.
    • Middle School students who have interest and ability to take Upper School level coursework will have the opportunity to advance their education 
    • Middle School students will have access to better fine arts and athletic facilities, coaches and instructors.
    • Relocation will also provide space for controlled growth and expansion on the 31st Street Campus as well as relieve current congestion, space and parking complications.
  • New Lower School Classroom Building and Fine Arts/STEAM Complex on the 31st St. Campus

    A new Lower School Building will provide dedicated classroom spaces for 1-3rd grades, new spaces for all Lower School Fine Arts and best-in class STEAM classrooms and innovation labs. The original 1957 1st-3rd grade classroom wing will be renovated into a designated entrance with welcome and reception areas, admissions and administrative offices.
    • Improve the learning and teaching experiences for Lower School students and faculty by providing larger classrooms with flexible space and integrated technology
    • Help expand our programming by adding more group work spaces to encourage collaboration and critical, creative thinking
    • Allow for specialized smaller classrooms for our Learning Specialists to help our neurodiverse students in meaningful and age-appropriate ways
    • Provide faculty workrooms for cross-departmental collaboration, project work and meaningful fellowship (this space does not exist today)
    • Provide the opportunity to incrementally grow our student body without compromising our small student-teacher ratio

Raise the Roof Capital Campaign Committee

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  • We are deeply grateful for these committed volunteers:

    Angie Berry
    Nicky Brennig
    Ben Cohen
    Sarah Coleman and Nick Barnard
    Mairin and Chris Epp
    Niffer and Mark Greenberg
    Carolyn and Matt Haney
    Anna and Reg Hargrove
    Cary '98 and Brad Johl
    Anna and Jason Near
    Sarah '88 and Thomas Queen
    Agatha and Anthony Precourt
    Yvette Rios
    Will Temple '12

Comprehensive Site Plan Task Force

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  • Michael Hsu, Chair

    Michael Hsu, FAIA, IIDA is the founder and principal of Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, a fully integrated architecture and interior design firm. MHOA was founded in 2005 and employs 75 staff members across studios in both Austin and Houston. MHOA is a nationally award-winning firm, including AIA Austin’s Firm of the Year in 2016.
    Hsu graduated from the University of Texas at Austin School of
    Architecture and has practiced in Austin since 1998. Hsu is the Texas Society of Architects 2021 Austin Chapter Director, and a member of the UT School of Architecture’s Advisory Council. Michael is an advisory committee member for Austin Design Week. He is a Past President of AIA Austin and was elevated to AIA’s College of Fellows in 2021. 
    Michael Hsu is the father of two SAS students: Nadia (‘23) and Enzo (‘26).
  • Nicky Brennig

    Nicky is a partner in the Global Investment Funds practice at DLA Piper LLP (US) and is the Managing Partner of DLA’s Austin office. Her practice focuses on advising pension plans, endowments, insurance companies, family offices, and other financial institutions on all aspects of their business. Nicky received her B.A. with distinction from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, and her J.D. cum laude from Southern Methodist University's Dedman School of Law.

    Nicky is an active volunteer and enjoys serving her community.  She has served for several years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas. Nicky is married to Chris Brennig, a vascular surgeon. Together they have two children, David (‘26) and Sidney (‘28).
  • Jeff Ervin

    Jeff Ervin, LEED AP, is Director of Business Development and a Principal at STG Design in Austin. Jeff's varied project experience has covered large campus master plans, private foundation headquarters, Boys & Girls Clubs, and several student housing projects. He designed St. Andrew's McGill Chapel in 2011 and was also involved in design work on several other St. Andrew's facilities, including Nazro Hall, Dell Hall, DFAC and the Upper School. Jeff serves on the Community Advisory Board at Helping Hand Home and is actively involved in advancing design strategies for the Boys & Girls Club of America. Jeff is a parent to St. Andrew's student Max ('28)
  • Dan Herd

    Dan Herd is a founding principal of Live Oak, a full service real estate development and investment firm operating in Central Texas. He presently is the managing partner of Herd Partners, Ltd. Prior to beginning his career in real estate, he practiced real estate and corporate law in Austin. Dan received a BA from Davidson College in 1970 and a JD from The University of Texas School of Law in 1973.

    In addition to his extensive service to St. Andrew’s over the last 30 years, including 18 years on the board, Dan has served in leadership roles at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Laguna Gloria Art Museum (now The Contemporary), The Seton Fund (supporting Ascension-Seton Hospital), Westminster Manor (non-profit retirement community), the Austin Community Foundation and the Davidson College Alumni Association. Advisory board roles have included the Salvation Army, The Texas Nature Conservancy and the Colorado River Alliance.
    Dan’s wife, Paula, received a BA and a JD from The University of Texas. Their two children, Jason Herd (‘95) and Valerie Parker (‘96) graduated from St. Andrew’s Middle School. Dan and Paula have four grandchildren, Harrison Parker(‘26), and Avery Parker, Britt Herd, and Caleb Herd (all ‘28) who are students at SAS.
  • Jeff Howard

    Jeff Howard is a founding and managing partner in the firm of McLean & Howard, LLP, an Austin based real estate and land use law firm.  Jeff’s law practice includes representation of clients in complex real estate transactions and in obtaining development approvals for commercial, mixed-use, and residential developments. Jeff represents his clients before the city councils, boards and commissions of the City of Austin and the other area local jurisdictions.
    Jeff earned his B.A. (History) and J.D. from the University of Texas.  He is the current Board Chair of the Downtown Austin Alliance and the past Board Chair of the Real Estate Council of Austin. He has served on numerous civic, business, and campaign boards and committees. Jeff has been the grateful recipient of several service and professional awards. Jeff and his wife Jane had two children graduate from St. Andrew’s - William (‘13) and Henry (‘18).
  • Jason Near

    Jason and his wife Anna, who is an estate planning attorney, are the proud parents of two sons at St. Andrew’s, Jake (‘25) and Chase (‘27). Jason started his career at Quaker Oats Company in Chicago in 1995. In 1997 he became a Wendy’s franchisee with his brother, Dave. They owned and operated 32 Wendy’s in Central Texas. After selling the Wendy’s business in 2012, Jason has focused on commercial real estate and local restaurant investments, including the Tatsu-Ya branded restaurants.  Jason previously served on the Wrigley Advisory Board in Chicago.
    Jason earned a BA from Duke University in 1993 and a MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in 1997.
  • Amanda Oudt

    Amanda is a native Austinite, who graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Engineering and completed her MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.  After a career in high-tech management and international operations for companies such as salesforce.com and Google, Amanda paused to raise her children and devote time to philanthropic efforts. She has served on the TeXchange Board, Beyond Batten Disease Foundation Development Board, Elizabeth Ann Seton Board (EASB), Seton Development Board, and the Dell Children’s Medical Center Council; as well as development committees for many organizations, some of which include West Austin Youth Association (WAYA), Magdalene House, The Contemporary Austin, Explore Austin, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), Texas Book Festival, Good Shepherd Episcopal School and St. Andrew’s Episcopal School.
    Amanda is married to Randal Oudt, CEO of Texas Restaurant Group, and they have three sons Aldon (‘29), Foster (‘31), and Lee (‘33).
  • Kathy Smith

    Kathy is the Associate Vice President/Senior Project Manager at HDR Engineering, Inc. She has spent 
  • Greg Weaver

    Greg Weaver, Executive Vice President of Catellus Development Corporation, is responsible for the acquisition, development, and disposition activities of various public/private projects throughout the United States. He currently oversees the Mueller airport redevelopment, a 700-acre mixed-use development in Austin, Texas, and the Novus Innovation District at ASU, the 330-acre redevelopment of the Arizona State University Athletic Facilities District.
    Greg is actively involved with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) locally and nationally. He is the past President of the Austin District Council and is a member of the PPP Product Council. Additionally, Greg is a board member of the Austin Parks Foundation, the Mueller Foundation, the John Ritter Foundation, and American Heart Association.
    He and his wife Jessica are proud parents of two sons, Jack (‘20), and Luke (‘22). Jessica is the founder and owner of Weaver Philanthropic Strategies and serves on the board of the Austin Community Foundation, Leadership Austin, and Zach Theatre.