Forward Thinking Campaign
As Blair continues to integrate even more collaborative and project-based work into its curriculum, the School launched an academics-focused campaign to 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 Chiang Center for Innovation and Collaboration, a dynamic and forward-thinking academic facility designed to inspire creativity, promote innovative thinking and collaborative learning, and connect classroom study to real-world challenges. The CIC opened at the start of the 2017-2018 school year and is home to Blair’s fine arts and technology departments, positioning these disciplines for integration throughout our curriculum.
Construction of the Chiang Center has also allowed for the realignment and repurposing of spaces in two existing Blair academic buildings, Bogle Hall and Weber Hall to better facilitate the teaching of mathematics and science.
Learn more about naming opportunities in the Chiang Center, Bogle Hall and Weber Hall.
Opened in September 2017, the Chiang Center for Innovation and Collaboration promotes the exchange of ideas and project-based learning, complementing and enhancing work being undertaken in existing academic buildings.
The Chiang Center serves as the home of Blair’s fine arts department, which gained significant square footage in its move from Weber Hall, and, for the first time, the School’s technology classes are 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 Chiang Center is 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 blend seamlessly with nearby Insley, Kathryn and Lakeside Halls—while its interior aesthetic, defined by flexibility, transparency, movement and light, is unlike that of any other building on campus.
The atrium-ceilinged Collaboration Forum is one of the Chiang Center's signature spaces. This large, central, semicircular open area is furnished with white boards and comfortable, modular seating, which allows for the convening of large and small groups to work across disciplines. In keeping with the Chiang Center’s aesthetic, the Forum will is 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 Chiang Center's interior spaces below.
Relocation of fine arts classes to the Chiang Center for Innovation and Collaboration has allowed for the repurposing of Weber Hall solely for the teaching of mathematics. Math was previously taught in four buildings on campus, and centralizing math students and faculty in a single location has facilitated greater opportunities for collaboration and fostered the exchange of ideas. Construction was completed in September 2017 and Weber now features 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 technology and math classes now housed in the Chiang Center for Innovation and Collaboration and Weber Hall, respectively, Bogle Hall will undergo long-anticipated upgrades designed to enhance and expand the teaching of laboratory sciences. Plans for the building include construction of a three-story addition that will boast a combination of six new labs and classroom-labs, as well as the renovation and technological enhancement of all existing experimentation and teaching spaces.
Blair’s science department will gain new capabilities, including an independent-research lab, where advanced chemistry and biology students will be able to conduct long-term projects and experiments. In addition, the expanded availability of classroom-labs will allow teachers to seamlessly integrate classroom instruction with laboratory demonstration.
Work on the Bogle Hall project is expected to commence in spring 2018. Learn more about the repurposing of Bogle Hall.
Blair students and faculty will realize a host of benefits when these projects are complete:
- The Chiang Center for Innovation and Collaboration provides flexible, inviting learning and meeting space that is not available in Blair’s more traditional buildings.
- Configured for project-based learning, the Chiang Center provides 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 Chiang Center, Blair’s technology curriculum is expanding and growing.
- Realignment of academic space in Bogle and Weber Halls allows for optimal use of physical resources, more sustained laboratory work, and better scheduling opportunities.