Winn Science Center

St. Mark's School of Texas

Dallas, Texas

Project Details

In Design
Project Partners
Robert A.M. Stern
Kevin M. Smith
Graham S. Wyatt

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Description

The 79,000-square-foot Winn Science Center will organize biology, chemistry, and earth science labs around a skylit central commons. A large glazed entry porch will lead to a double-height lounge, welcoming daily student traffic and evening visitors to public exhibitions; a Maker Lab and lower-school lab will stand to either side of the lounge. The new two-story building will also provide a 250-seat lecture hall and a research greenhouse. A planetarium, visible from Preston Road, will serve as a symbol of St. Mark’s position as a leader in science education.

The new building will open to a south-facing teaching garden dedicated to the flora and fauna of Texas. The Center will complete a quadrangle with the existing Green Library and Lower School, extending the pattern of small courtyard gardens that is characteristic of the St. Mark’s campus. The adjacent McDermott-Green Hall will be renovated as part of this project to accommodate physics and general science labs.

The Winn Science Center will carry forward the palette established by architect Charles Tapley in the 1960s with St. Joe’s brick and cooper roofs. The project is targeting LEED Gold certification.

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