Building and enhancing our physical space for science: a $10-million upgrade
A strong science education is the basis for understanding and relating to the world around us. Be it conscious or unconscious, we use scientific methods to make life’s decisions. The skills of problem-solving, communicating, and critical thinking are taught through science and technology classes.
The face of science and technology at St. Andrew’s College is changing with the launch of a $10-million appeal, which will see major renovations to McLaughlin Hall and the Donald Davis Theatre.
When McLaughlin Hall opened in 1971, it housed state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories, a large lecture theatre, and a dark room. However, our new focus on learning at SAC has, at its core, the notion of students being active participants. The world needs young people who are prepared to construct and use their knowledge to exercise all elements of their creative, collaborative, and innovative capacities.
With this in mind, the School has conceptualized a makerspace to facilitate this type of constructivist thinking. We believe content knowledge is not sufficient. Rather, students must “do” something with that content. As a result, and linked with already robust math, art, business, robotics, and science programs, the School will build a physical space to encourage ideation, collaboration, and exploration. This three-storey centre will facilitate the production of student work, enabling boys to move their ideas beyond the theoretical and into the real world.
Second- and third-floor physics, chemistry, biology, and general science
Plans have been developed to rebuild the interior spaces of McLaughlin Hall. This includes removing the interior walls and relocating the corridor to the south side of the building. Improved, high-tech classrooms will allow for larger and more flexible laboratory spaces. Office, lab preparation and storage areas will be moved to a central location between the labs for easier access by faculty and increased safety and security of students. The second floor will house physics and chemistry and the third floor, biology and general science.
Faculty will have more opportunity to move from verification-type labs and demonstrations to inquiry-based labs that support the direction of science education today and with an eye to the future.
Main floor collaboration learning area and makerspace
The three existing classrooms and the Donald Davis Theatre will be reconfigured to establish a two-storey makerspace and large materials room, which will include 3D printers, laser cutters, woodworking tools, and various materials. It will also be the new home of the Dunin Family Engineering Centre and our Robotics program.
The outer hallways will be expanded toward the outdoor amphitheatre to allow light-filled spaces where small groups of students can work together, independently, or with faculty guidance.
A glass-encased elevator will be installed for increased accessibility, and our Foucault pendulum will be updated to provide more access for viewing and study.
Let’s come together to bring McLaughlin Hall into the 21st century!
Explore the project in more depth by reviewing our architectural renderings above and our floor plans
in the right-hand column.