After design of a master plan redefining the entire campus for The Calverton School, the first step in its implementation became The Bowen Thomas Arts and Sciences Center. Situated in the center of the school’s main campus, it organizes and defines the gently rolling campus green created by the existing Gymnasium, Lower School, and Upper School.
The building provides a state of the art black box theater, art studio, dark room, music room, four science labs, greenhouse, and three general use classrooms. A dramatic gallery expanse stretches across the front of the building providing both gathering and exhibit space. On the upper level are science classrooms/labs in a structurally and technically expressive space. The arched bowstring trusses allow abundant natural light into each classroom. Much of the structural, mechanical, and lighting systems are left exposed for student consideration.
The exterior of the building utilizes molded brick, precast concrete panels, glass, anodized aluminum and a standing seam metal roof to reflect traditional Maryland materials and forms within a simple structural grid. The intricately detailed metal stair, which is visible from the building’s exterior, alludes to the technical expression of the building’s interior.
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