Dwight-Englewood Hajjar STEM School
Gilbane Team Works with Dwight-Englewood School to bring STEM Education to 21st Century Learners.
An independent college-preparatory school for students from pre-K through 12th grade, the Dwight-Englewood School maintains an enrollment of approximately 900 students. To offer these students top quality STEM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education, the Hajjar STEM Center will house eight new labs and seven classrooms for physics, biology, chemistry, robotics, and mathematics. The approximately 27,000 square foot building will also be home to the STEM faculty, a student greenhouse, a flexible school gathering space/robotics workspace, and a 178-seat lecture area. Through thoughtful consideration to the campus spacing and maximizing flexible open space, this STEM facility will aid the learning process to teach students how to live in a sustainable space. Additionally, the project will target LEED Certification.
Through a collaborative process, the Gilbane team is working with the architect, Gensler, to inspire students with the integration of this cohesive STEM learning environment and building the spaces to complement their overall vision. Through the design phase, the team based the process on three driving concepts:
- Everything is connected – open learning spaces to serve multiple purposes
- Anytime is a teaching moment – whether in the classrooms and laboratories or in the outdoor teaching garden
- Learning happens through doing – teaching spaces best served through multi-zones
“We’re thrilled to create this unique, innovative learning environment for students that will restructure the school’s math and science curriculum,” said Ed Stevenson, Gilbane’s senior project executive, in a release. “We’ll work to ensure the STEM Building is a great source of pride for the Dwight-Englewood community for years to come.”