On January 4, 2019, as students and faculty made their way back to Cory’s Lane after a well-deserved Christmas break, the School’s new science building opened for class!
The 34,000 square-foot, open design building houses a stunning 7 instructional labs, 7 classrooms, a student project lab, faculty conference room and faculty offices for the Science Department, as well as a multi-purpose Seminar Room, two informal learning spaces, and the Science and Humanities Commons. Located on the Holy Lawn, the building connects to the existing Burden classroom building, faces the Church of St. Gregory the Great to the south, and boasts an expansive view of the athletic fields, golf course and Narragansett Bay to the north.
While exterior construction of the outdoor terrace and courtyard will continue throughout the spring, every detail and appointment of the interior space is now being utilized and enjoyed by faculty and students alike. With only the first week of classes underway in 2019, students and faculty have already seen course enrichment through labs that could not be performed in the School’s old science facilities, such as DNA strain testing and amphibious heart rhythm testing. It is truly an exciting time to be a Portsmouth Abbey student!
A formal dedication of the building is expected to take place later this year and will be publicly announced once confirmed.