The three-story Augustine Center Science Building at Malvern Prep is being designed to embrace student-centered learning. The classroom environments are flexible to provide learning spaces for different scientific disciplines and changing number of students. The design integrates spaces for independent instruction and hands-on exploration.
The project, which includes both the renovation of an existing building and a new addition, is being designed and constructed as a laboratory to help students learn: See the HVAC and wiring, cultivate a rooftop garden, build a living wall.
Specialty teaching and project spaces augment the flexible interdisciplinary labs throughout the building. A fabrication lab and maker space on the first floor gives students the opportunity to explore through design. The two upper floors provide opportunities for more advanced scientific exploration with chemistry-focused labs and an environmental lab that houses both teaching and project spaces. Unique features include a wall of aquariums and a greenhouse.
Founded in 1842, Malvern Preparatory School is an all-boys, Augustinian, independent school located in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. The school is located on a 104-acre campus and serves close to 650 students in grades 6-12.
Laboratory programming and planning, design documentation, construction administration
Voith & Mactavish Architects