Today St. Mark's School of Texas
celebrated the topping out of the Winn Science Center
, a new two-story 79,000-square-foot building that will accommodate the school's biology, chemistry, and earth science labs, as well as 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, and complete a quadrangle with the existing Green Library and Lower School, extending the pattern of small courtyard gardens characteristic of St. Mark's campus. 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 adjacent McDermott-Green Hall will be renovated as part of the project to accommodate physics and general science labs.
RAMSA Partners Robert A.M. Stern
, Graham S. Wyatt
, and Kevin M. Smith
led the design effort. GFF serves as associate architect. The project follows best practices for sustainable design to target LEED Gold certification. For more information, please click here