Forward Thinking Campaign
As Blair continues to integrate even more collaborative and project-based work into its curriculum, the School has launched an academics-focused campaign that will support three building and renovation projects. Among the campaign's goals are to amplify learning, foster deeper relationships across campus, and enhance the Blair experience for all students.
Read more details on the three building projects included in the "Forward Thinking" campaign in the tabs below or read a news article on the campaign.
The centerpiece of the campaign is the construction of the Center for Innovation and Collaboration (CIC), a dynamic and forward-thinking new academic facility designed to inspire creativity, promote innovative thinking and collaborative learning, and connect classroom study to real-world challenges. The CIC will house Blair’s fine arts and technology departments and promote the integration of these disciplines throughout our curriculum.
Construction of this new building will also allow for the realignment and repurposing of spaces in two existing Blair academic buildings, Bogle Hall and Weber Hall, which will further the School’s educational mission by better facilitating the teaching of mathematics and science.
Work on the CIC commenced in March 2016; students and faculty are eager to move into these facilities and fully realize the enrichment of Blair’s curricular and co-curricular offerings.
Learn more about naming opportunities in the CIC, Bogle Hall and Weber Hall.
Conceived after months of research by a community-wide task force with Blair’s Strategic Plan in mind, the Center for Innovation and Collaboration (CIC) will promote the exchange of ideas and project-based learning, complementing and enhancing work being undertaken in existing academic buildings.
The CIC will serve as the new home of Blair’s fine arts department, which will gain significant square footage in its move from Weber Hall, and, for the first time, the School’s technology classes will be housed under one roof in well-equipped, dedicated space.
With its open architecture and highly configurable spaces—including two media labs, an art studio, a maker space and fully equipped technology classrooms readily accessible to all students—the CIC will be a venue where ideas come to life.
Occupying prominence of place at the crest of Blair’s front hill, the building’s exterior slate, stucco and stone features will blend seamlessly with nearby Insley, Kathryn and Lakeside Halls—while its interior aesthetic, defined by flexibility, transparency, movement and light, will be unlike that of any other building on campus.
A signature space will be the atrium-ceilinged Collaboration Forum, a large, central, semicircular open area furnished with white boards and comfortable, modular seating, which will allow for the convening of large and small groups to work across disciplines. In keeping with the Center’s aesthetic, the Forum will be ringed by windows that provide views of campus as well as into the glass-walled conference and team rooms that surround it.
Watch a video tour of the CIC's interior spaces below.
Relocation of fine arts classes to the CIC will allow for the repurposing of Weber Hall solely for the teaching of mathematics. Math is currently taught in four buildings on campus, and centralizing math students and faculty in a single location will facilitate greater opportunities for collaboration and foster the exchange of ideas. Plans include the construction of six optimally designed mathematics classrooms, a first-floor departmental office, and first- and second-floor study areas.
Learn more about the repurposing of Weber Hall.
With mathematics and technology classes no longer occupying real estate in Bogle Hall, the science building’s classrooms and laboratories will be realigned to best accommodate the teaching of biology, chemistry, physics and an array of science electives. Laboratories and classrooms will be reorganized and upgraded, allowing for greater flexibility in core science class scheduling and offerings. Plans include the creation of larger chemistry and biology labs and the conversion of some classrooms into fully functioning classroom-labs outfitted with gas and water, providing space for students to engage in more sustained and in-depth labs and undertake independent research projects.
Learn more about the repurposing of Bogle Hall.
Blair students and faculty will realize a host of benefits when these projects are complete:
- The Center for Innovation and Collaboration will provide flexible, inviting learning and meeting space that is not currently available in Blair’s more traditional buildings.
- Configured for project-based learning, the CIC will provide enhanced opportunities for students and teachers to apply intellectual concepts to real-world issues.
- The cooperative space promotes strong faculty-student relationships, as well as relationships formed among classmates and across grades.
- With computer science, engineering and robotics anchored in dedicated and well-equipped classrooms in the CIC, Blair’s technology curriculum will expand and grow.
- Realignment of academic space in Bogle and Weber Halls allows for optimal use of physical resources, more sustained laboratory work, and better scheduling opportunities.