The centerpiece of the $14-million 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.
To learn more about naming opportunities in the CIC, Bogle Hall and Weber Hall, click here.
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.
The time-lapse video below shows construction progress as the building nears completion.
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.
To learn more about the repurposing of Weber Hall, click here.
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
To learn more about the repurposing of Bogle Hall, click here.