BSM Celebrates One Year Anniversary of Atrium and State-of-the-Art Science Classrooms Opening

BSM Celebrates One Year Anniversary of Atrium and State-of-the-Art Science Classrooms Opening

Imagine. Innovate. Inspire. These are the three words surrounding both phase one and two of the Knight by Knight capital campaign designed to build new innovative learning spaces for Red Knights at BSM. Wednesday, January 22 marked exactly one year since the space known as “the Atrium” opened up to Red Knight faculty, staff, and students. This has included three, state-of-the-art science classrooms with an amphitheater style collaboration space. The goal of phase one of the campaign was to create a flexible education space for learning and all of BSM’s unique academic programs. In the past year, the community has seen how this has been accomplished and much more. 

Phase one of the campaign also included support for curricular enhancements along with increasing tuition assistance resources through endowment funding. 

four female students studying catholic teachingsThe amphitheater area includes modern-style seating and a variety of study spaces to fit each student’s needs. Students and staff have taken advantage of the Atrium. You will most often find the area full of students on their free periods studying or groups of students giving a presentation to their class. Students especially love the countless amount of red cushions that ensure comfort while getting work done. The element of the space that makes it truly eye-catching is the vast amount of natural light that streams in, giving a light, airy feel that is ideal for studying. 

periodic table on glass windowAlong with the amphitheater area, the renovation included the addition of three new science classrooms meant for engagement in research and experimentation. These classrooms have been used for regular and AP Chemistry and Biomedical Science. AP Biomed has used the features in this classroom to their advantage when they’ve conducted year-long research projects on a topic of their choice. The new space provides more flexibility and room to conduct experiments. For example, seniors Reilly Rahill and Maggie Murnan are doing a project to figure out how CBD affects anxiety-like behavior, and the science classroom provides them with enough room and ideal conditions to keep tanks of zebrafish year-round for observation. 

five students studying in catholic junior high and high schoolWhile we take this time to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Atrium’s opening, we also recognize the people that made it possible. The new space was designed by Miller Dunwiddie Architecture and InUnison Design with input from Opus Construction. The construction was completed under the direction of BSM’s CFO Natalie Ramier and President Adam Ehrmantraut, Ed.D. We also are grateful for the generosity of those who financially contributed to the project. The Atrium has been a tremendous change to the layout of our school and has had a profound impact on our community. The new space continues to benefit everyone at BSM. 

We look forward to continuing to imagine, innovate, and inspire with phase two of the capital campaign which aims to bring a center for innovation, discovery, and collaborative learning to BSM. If interested in supporting this endeavor, contact BSM’s chief advancement officer Lisa Shaugnessy at LShaugnessy@bsmschool.orgRead more about phase II in our fall edition of BSM’s school magazine, Crown and Shield. Read more about phase I in the spring edition.