The team leading the construction of the new STEM Center clinked glasses of sparkling apple juice and celebrated on April 24 after learning the City of Miami had granted the master building permit, a significant milestone that will allow above-the-ground construction to commence. After weeks of laying the building's foundation, workers will soon begin building up to complete the project.
The projected end date is early 2020. The STEM Center, which will sit across a new quad from the Visual Arts Building, will offer 45,000 sq. ft. of flexible learning space designed to foster collaboration, cross-disciplinary work and creative thinking. It will include classrooms, a fabrication lab, maker lab and a reconfigurable multi-purpose room. It will also be a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certified structure, with solar panels, a rooftop outdoor lab and other sustainability features.
RE's construction team includes representatives from Perkins+Will, Development Service Solutions, Shawmut Design and Construction, Miller Legg and The Permit Doctor. RE Chair of the Board Andy Ansin '81 and Building and Grounds Chair Randy Gumenick have worked tirelessly on the project with the support of Head of School Penny Townsend.
In recent weeks, workers have poured foundation, installed plumbing and air conditioning and done waterproofing. RE students and faculty have been able to observe the foundation work by peering through the windows of adjacent Cameron Hall.
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.