St. Mark's STEM Center
07.29.16 / Jan Taylor, AIA, LEED AP
Designed to provide hands-on learning experiences, a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Center is receiving rave reviews from students and faculty at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Massachusetts. Opened Fall 2015, the 30,000 square foot STEM Center features cross-discipline learning and teaming spaces including a fabrication lab, computer science room, a robotics program, science labs and nine technology-enabled classrooms.
“The new STEM Center and its vibrant learning environment focuses on the belief that an integrated understanding of STEM subjects is crucial for our students to develop into successful, engaged leaders of the 21st Century,” said Michael Wirtz, Assistant Head of St. Mark’s School. “ARC’s design supports our objective of expanding science and math integration and fostering creative problem solving in a team setting.”
Transparency and visibility throughout the interior are key design features, with glass walls allowing views into the active labs, classrooms and group collaboration areas. The STEM Center connects with the Center for Innovation, which ARC completed in 2013. This is the fourth building project at St. Mark’s School for ARC.