Our latest K12 school unveiling happened recently at Rye High School in Rye, NY, one of the top public high schools in the nation. This science wing addition was showcased last weekend during a ribbon cutting and ceremonial opening (complete with a performance by the school's string quartet, student-led tours of the new science wing and classroom demonstrations by the science teachers – a really comprehensive affair!). KSQ Principal Armand Quadrini, AIA, LEED AP, also learned at the event that many parents and students in the school district are referring to KSQ's latest K-12 design as "Hogwarts." Not a bad comparison, we'd say. KSQ created an addition that allows Rye High School to maintain its high academic standards, replace outdated science labs (while providing new classroom space to accommodate the increasing student population), and decrease traffic congestion. The project was funded by a $16.35 million bond that passed in 2012. "I have never received so many compliments on a single project and at a single event," Armand noted. "The District couldn't be happier with the new building addition so big kudos to our team." The opening ceremony was attended by over 150 students, parents, faculty members and community leaders, including New York State Senator George Latimer, New York State Assemblyman Steve Otis, Board of Education Vice President Katy Koehane Glassberg, high school principal Patricia Taylor, and Rye mayor Joe Sack. Also in attendance was Board of Education President Laura Slack who told My Rye:
"Construction of the new science wing has been a tremendous undertaking and we are very pleased that it was delivered on time and under budget," New York Board of Education President Laura Slack.
The two-story, 17,000-square-foot science wing includes 12 learning and lab areas for chemistry, biology, engineering, earth science and physics. The spaces feature smart boards, wireless internet, and an HVAC system that improves classroom air quality. The facility will help students excel in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines. A job well done, ready for wizards and Muggles alike!