Ransom Everglades School’s new 45,000-sf, three-story STEM facility will be a flexible space with the ability to adapt to a variety of learning needs, according to new details released by Perkins+Will, the project’s architect. The STEM facility is part of the larger master plan for the school’s Coconut Grove campus.
The building will feature 10 classrooms with movable walls and furniture, maker and fabrication labs, an outdoor rooftop lab, rooftop solar panels, a multi-purpose conference room, and a 200 person auditorium. The facility will include laboratories for earth sciences, biology, chemistry, and physics.
“It will be flexible, adaptable, collaborative; a think-tank type space,” said Pat Bosch, Design Director for Perkins+Will’s Miami office, while speaking to Ransom Everglades parents at a preview for the new building. “This is not a static building.”
The collaboration will pour out of the building and spill into the surrounding landscape as well. The project will create new outdoor breakout areas adjacent to the STEM building and a new quad. This connection between indoor and outdoor learning spaces is an important aspect of the new facility, which is slated to be ready for occupancy by early 2020.