According to niche.com, Rochester’s men’s college prep school McQuaid Jesuit already ranks in the top 18% of best US high schools for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). But to even better prepare its students in these areas, the school is building a dedicated STEM center, designed by SWBR.
Construction began in October 2016 to create the 39,900 SF, two-story addition that connects to the current school by covered skyways. The metal panel and glass clad addition uses color and scale to blend into the campus while simultaneously displaying a sleek, angular, and thoroughly modern design befitting the progressive program it contains. The addition houses 10 classrooms and computer labs, a student life area complete with outdoor commons, campus ministry rooms, and an atrium that serves as an information-gathering space for students.
The program opened in the Wegman Family Science and Technology Center in November 2017. “It’s going to be the first facility of its type in the Rochester area,” said principal Adam Baber. “Positioning us to teach our students for the 21st century.”