After four years of exploration, design, discovery and implementation, our new STEAM building on the upper campus is well underway! Construction began in June and the building is expected to be completed in July 2019 -- in time to welcome students for the start of the 2019-20 school year.
The Creekside building brings together much of what makes MCDS unique: an immersion in nature, a spirit of openness and community, and a commitment to building connections across grade levels and disciplines. It incorporates green design in adherence to one of the guiding principles from Strategic Plan 2006 — to build sustainable spaces that support our environmental curriculum. The structure’s energy-efficient design should qualify it as a net zero energy building.
The building will be home to:
- six new science classrooms (for grades 5-8)
- three science prep spaces
- three offices
- two gender-neutral bathrooms
- two general classrooms
- a generous outdoor classroom space
In addition to the Creekside building, the project includes improvements to other areas of the upper campus. A newly restored creek will provide opportunities for endless scientific exploration. A large, unified garden will replace two separate small garden spaces to better support our Culinary Farm program as it continues to evolve. The new space will include a greenhouse and have the potential for a terraced garden on the adjacent hillside.
The final stage of the project, once construction of the Creekside building is finished, will focus on improving the drainage and surface of the Upper Field to provide more usable space for PE, recess and athletics.
MCDS teachers are excited about the curricular and collaborative possibilities our new spaces will provide. The new building and improvements will create a new “heart” for the upper campus, a central gathering space that promises to become a hub of activity for students in and out of the classroom.