Portsmouth Abbey School celebrated the dedication and blessing of its new 34,000-square-foot Science Building on Saturday, September 21, 2019 as part of Reunion Weekend at the School. The fanfare began at noon under the celebration tent situated on the Holy Lawn. Participants included members of the monastic community, the School’s Board of Regents, donors as well as visiting reunion-goers, and the entire student body and faculty.
The state-of-the-art facility incorporates the latest technology and teaching/learning environments for the integration of science, technology, robotics, engineering, and mathematics. The new Science Building blends seamlessly into the existing landscape and architectural idiom established on the School’s main quad by renowned architect Pietro Belluschi, and complements the intersection of faith and reason by being nestled between the Church of St. Gregory the Great and the Burden Classroom Building.
The Science Building is a LEED Gold designed building that includes seven classrooms, seven science laboratories, four lab prep rooms, a universal lab, a seminar room, student display space, a student project lab for independent study of design and innovation and entrepreneurship, the light and bright commons for gathering throughout the day as well as informal study spaces to support more relaxed collaborative work.
Following a beautiful rendition of “All Creatures of our God and King” by the School’s student choir, Schola, Board of Regents Chair W. Christopher Behnke ’81 and member Mr. Peter M. Kennedy III ’64 offered congratulatory remarks followed by Headmaster Daniel McDonough, Science Department Chair Dr. Stephen Zins, and Head Girl Cam Holley ’20 and Head Boy Patrick Conlan ’20. Fr. Michael Brunner, O.S.B. then blessed the building and all who use it. The ceremony concluded with all in attendance singing the “Pater Noster.”
The new building secures the School’s academic future by not only meeting its current and future needs in the sciences, but by also allowing its predecessor, which the student body and curriculum had outgrown, to be renovated into regular classrooms and allowing most of the School’s academic departments to now be situated around the Holy Lawn.
A full gallery of the day’s events can be seen here
For more information or for a personal tour of this spectacular space, please contact the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs at 401.643.1269.