The Constance & Miguel Fernandez STEM Center, unveiled in August 2020, overlooks a beautifully landscaped quadrangle that has become a major center of student life at the upper school. The three-story, 45,000 square-foot, glass-walled center features flexible spaces for innovation and collaboration, and state-of-the-art classrooms, maker space and laboratories. STEM Department Chair Doug Heller ’80 calls it an “architectural masterpiece.” The center, which is situated across the quad from the Visual Arts Building, provides a home for RE’s science, math, computer science and engineering students as well as the upper school robotics team and the Young REsearchers Program.
It also welcomes students from throughout the campus who are engaging in interdisciplinary work or looking for a comfortable place to collaborate or study. Students gather for events, performances or just to hang out at the Mendelson Family Plaza and Steps, and they use the indoor Posner Lecture Hall for assemblies or large meetings indoors.