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UPPER SCHOOL STEM AND HUMANITIES CENTER BREAKS GROUND By Leslie King, Director of Communications
n 2012, Durham Academy’s summer magazine featured a cover photo of Upper School students clustered around a table in the new Learning Commons. The cover line reads “Heart and soul of SCHEME the Upper School campus” Phase 1 &and2 the piece inside, penned by now Associate Head of Massing School Lee Hark, describes transformational effect Section attheCommons of a building that many newer members of the DA STUDIES FOR NEW take for granted community ABOVE: A two-story, open commons area will SCIENCE BUILDING as part of the everyday serve as a hub of activity and a meeting place CANNONarchitects landscape of the school. with seating for approximately 90. In the piece, Hark wrote that the Learning Commons “has enriched our community in ways that are hard to describe but are felt nonetheless.” Plans for the space grew from the need to create a central meeting and working space for students and faculty. Crucial components of the new building solved problems that allowed DA to put teaching and learning front and center in a vibrant center of campus life. Its innovative, flexible, tech-driven design fosters student-teacher interactions that are at the School is set to add to its heart and soul in heart of the DA experience, part one of a multi-year, two-campus plan supported by a 21st century library and to support Durham Academy’s position a store that sells school supplies, clothing as one of the top independent schools in and, of course, food. the Southeast. Construction begins this Just over five years later, the Upper summer on the Upper School STEM
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ABOVE: The STEM and Humanities Center will be built in two phases, with the STEM wing completed first and the humanities/commons wing completed second.
and Humanities Center, followed by a comprehensive renovation of the Middle School slated to begin in 2019. The projects represent two of the most exciting and ambitious endeavors Durham Academy has ever undertaken.
Published on Jul 25, 2017
Durham Academy Magazine is published twice a year by Durham Academy, a pre-K to 12 co-ed independent school in Durham, North Carolina.