As part of Choate's academic convergence of arts, science and math, the new 34,000 square foot Lanphier Center for Mathematics and Computer Science will complement Choate's existing Icahn Science Center and Mellon Arts Center for student development that transcends typical STEM curricula. The focus here is two STEAM labs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) to teach creativity, innovation and design in a hands-on way. A robotics laboratory will be expanded and relocated to this building as will 12 classrooms focusing on chemistry, architecture, sculpture, renewable biofuels and other traditional and new programs. The center of the building offers a student and teacher lounge for collaboration. An adjacent cafe and auditorium with seating for 65 will complement the building's academic offerings. Newfield is sensitive to reducing environmental harm during construction, so significant tree protection measures are in place for an ancient Copper Beech tree and other trees, and existing plant growth outside of the building's footprint. The on-site pond will also be carefully monitored during construction. Lanphier Center for Mathematics and Computer Science will be LEED Gold Certified.