Choate Breaks Ground on St. John Hall

On Thursday, October 10, Choate Rosemary Hall held a groundbreaking ceremony for the School's new St. John Hall. Joining Headmaster Alex D. Curtis, Trustees, and administrators, were student representatives and members of the mathematics and computer science department, as well as architects and construction management officials.

The new St. John Hall will integrate technology, education, and creativity into a 21st century program preparing Choate students for innovative thinking and creative collaboration. The 29,000-square foot facility designed by world-renowned Pelli Clarke Pelli architects is proposed to achieve LEED-Gold certification. Hartford-based Newfield Construction Inc. will build the facility scheduled to open in 2015.

In addition to providing teaching space for applied mathematics, a flexible space for robotics, and state-of-the-art computer science labs, the new building will be home to our first i.d.Lab. Inspired by the creativity and innovation we see in today's science and technology industries, this new space will allow students to imagine, invent, dream, and design. The curriculum, now being designed, will take students beyond the traditional STEM subjects - science, technology, engineering, and mathematics - and incorporate the art of elegant design