Check out this fly-through video for an animated overview of the building.
Project manager Elaine Nesbit explians how the Crossroads community influenced the science building.
A Holiday Musical Performance for the Crew
Groundbreaking Ceremony in Under a Minute
Time-Lapse of Construction from July-Dec. 2014-SD
In April 2015, we asked some Middle and Upper School teachers what excited them most about the building.
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Designed by Frederick Fisher and Partners, the stunning new building sits at the southwest end of the Alley, aligned with the I-10 Freeway and 20th Street.
Crossroads is already a leader in science education—one of only a small number of high schools in the nation that offers students Organic Chemistry as well as a variety of other advanced courses. We want to encourage our students to become the leaders in science and technology that our changing world requires, as well as live responsibly with nature. Our new facility will help us do that.
As we have proceeded with this building, we are rethinking how science is taught at the Middle and Upper School level, opening up avenues for the design of innovative, interdisciplinary and cutting-edge curricula. We want to provide more opportunities for students to engage in hands-on experimentation and to undertake independent research.
The building itself is a living laboratory, enabling students and teachers to interact with the facility creatively. To model what we teach, the facility was designed to achieve the maximum practical sustainability with a goal of being LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified.
There are additional learning spaces unique to our Middle and Upper School campus, including a classroom devoted to a new curriculum in Design & Engineering, marrying the arts and sciences. The Projects Pavilion, which houses two 800-square foot special projects rooms, plus an 800-square foot rooftop living laboratory, facilitate interdisciplinary and independent projects by students and teachers.
The merging of indoor and outdoor spaces, custom-designed for hands-on discovery, provide the flexibility that we know we will need for the unforeseen future of science and science education.
Another example of the building itself being a part of science education is the Monarch butterfly gardens and breeding grounds. This living laboratory affords students the opportunity to help restore the Monarch butterfly population, which has declined significantly over the past 10 years. The green roof houses a protected habitat with California plants to nourish the Monarch through the larval and butterfly stages.
Included in the walkway of the ground-level butterfly garden is a graphical representation of actual scientific data showing the Monarch population recorded in Mexico over the past 19 years. With a nod to the ongoing, dynamic nature of science, the walkway graph includes room for students to record the Monarch population for several years to come.
A sculpture by Ned Kahn tops the Projects Pavilion. His commission for Crossroads features a hyperbolic paraboloid, on which hundreds of movable flaps catch the wind as it moves through the structure. This iconic artwork is now the most prominent feature on our campus, and reflects our commitment to arts and sciences and their many intersections.
The Science Education & Research Facility is a visible sign of the dynamic changes taking place in science education and a cornerstone of our improvement of the 21st Street Campus.
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The architect of Crossroads’ new science building, Frederick B. Fisher, was awarded the Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA|LA).
Interested in touring the science building? We welcome educators, media outlets, school alumni and others to visit us and see how our new facility is bringing dynamic science education to our Middle and Upper School students. To request a tour, please email Director of Communications Sara Ring at firstname.lastname@example.org