On Sept. 4, Tower Hill School opened a dramatic 25,000-square-foot Math and Science Center at the corner of Rising Sun and 19th streets in Wilmington.
The center features six science classrooms with labs, five math classrooms, extensive prep and storage rooms, a 70-seat lecture hall and department offices, according to a press release from the school.
Classrooms are equipped with "Smart Boards" and writable wall surfaces.
Unique features of the building include an astronomical observatory, a dedicated electronics lab and physics drop area for experiments that integrate mathematics and physics. In addition, the labs have been designed to facilitate an inquiry-based teaching and learning approach.
Tom Hoch, Chair of the Science Department commented, "The new facility will change the way science is taught. It will put students at the center of education rather than the teacher."
Dr. Chris Wheeler, headmaster of Tower Hill, is enthusiastic about the impact of new facility.
"This building was born out of our commitment to the vision established by the schools' founders in 1919, to provide thoroughly modern facilities for our teachers and students," Dr. Wheeler said.
With dramatic glass walls in the two-story entryway, spacious classrooms and an attractive landscape, the new Math and Science Center is as eye-pleasing as it is practical, school officials said.
The center was designed by Bernardon Haber Holloway Architects, an award-winning regional full-service architecture, interiors and land planning design firm. With Delaware-based Nowland Associates, Inc. as the general contractor, the project has provided a positive impact on the local economy.
The Math and Science Center provides the state-of-the-art teaching and learning spaces for the two disciplines and more than doubles the space devoted to upper school science. Vacated areas in the school have been repurposed for other classroom use.
Construction on the new center began in May 2012 and was completed in August 2013.