As workers continued to build the foundation of the STEM Center during spring break, gradually filling the gaping, 14,400-ft2 footprint of the building, Ransom Everglades completed the new Upper School traffic loop and opened it for use. On April 1, the day students returned from their two-week break, all vehicular traffic was routed through the main entrance, around the new loop, and back out the main gate.
Workers used 15,000 ft2 of permeable pavers in a herringbone layout to create the new loop, which runs between the Lewis Family Auditorium and Ransom Cottage and has been under construction since late December.
Meanwhile, workers at the STEM Center completed work on the load-bearing columns known as rigid inclusions and continued excavating the building's lower level and forming the foundation.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.