Amphitheater and State of the Art Science Classrooms Open for Second Semester
After breaking ground on our $8 million Imagine. Innovate. Inspire. capital campaign in June of 2018, three state-of-the art science classrooms and an amphitheater style performance and collaboration space opened up to Red Knight faculty, staff and students ahead of schedule on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 – just in time for the first day of the second semester.
The new space was designed by Miller Dunwiddie Architecture and InUnison Design in conjunction with the science department and input from Opus Construction.
The grand opening of the new space follows seven months of construction led by Opus Construction under the direction of BSM’s CFO Natalie Ramier and President Adam Ehrmantraut, Ed.D.
The new space offers a contemporary look with flexible seating configurations and a large, striped sound enhancing wall, featuring BSM’s school colors. The tiered design provides room for more than one class to meet for events, group project work or special performances. There is also a large Red Knight logo that hangs over the open space, emphasizing our community’s Red Knight pride. One highlighted benefit of the space is the natural light that provides an engaging and comfortable place for students to study, work in small groups or simply take a break.
The new science classrooms were designed so that students would have access to state of the art equipment and the physical resources necessary to engage in real world research and experimentation that expands over a period of time. Chemistry, including our new AP Chemistry class, along with our Biomedical Science classes have already begun using the new classrooms.
The amphitheater area provides much needed space for events such as college rep visits, activities meetings and special guest speakers. Additionally, we are looking forward to utilizing the space for small theater and choir performances, student athletic and club meetings, parent meetings and flexible group opportunities for students.
One of our first student groups to schedule the space is BSM’s journalism program. The Knight Errant staff has many different components including writing, videography, photography and editorial staff. The scheduled time allows for the group to collaborate, communicate and more effectively and efficiently work together. The space will enhance the exceptional education and opportunities we provide our students and help us build a bright future for every Red Knight.
Phase one of the campaign has also included support for curricular enhancements along with increasing our tuition assistance resources through endowment funding.
Right now, we are in the process of securing an additional $3M to complete phase two of the campaign, which will include an innovation learning and support center.
If you’d like to get involved or would like more information, contact BSM President Adam Ehrmantraut, Ed.D.
We are incredibly grateful to the families who have supported our students through this campaign. Their generosity truly matters and will influence the lives of both current students and thousands of Red Knights in the years to come.