SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – Consigli Construction Co., Inc. recently completed the construction of a new integrated Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Center at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Massachusetts. The 30,000 square-foot building, designed by ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge, is part of the School’s continuing commitment to innovation in its learning and teaching spaces.
The highly sustainable building involved the demolition and renovation of part of the existing and adjoined Science and Math buildings and new infill construction of three floors and a full basement to provide classrooms for teaching physics, robotics, circuitry and chemistry, as well as science and fabrication labs, offices, restrooms and mechanical/support areas.
At the core of the STEM educational model is flexibility and interdisciplinary activity. Promoting collaboration across science disciplines and providing hands-on learning experiences for students, the Center includes a wide variety of settings where students and faculty can discover, pursue and expand their creative interests and passions through STEM-based learning. Transparency and visibility throughout the interior are key design features, with glass walls allowing views into the active labs, classrooms and group collaboration areas. Modular work benches and furniture in the labs and classrooms offer total flexibility for changing needs. The lab spaces feature retractable power supplies overhead for flexible, moveable access.
St. Mark’s School hosted an Open House and tour at the Dedication of the STEM Center on October 2, which also coincided with the celebration of St. Mark’s 150th Anniversary.