“Refreshing.” “Airy.” “Urban.”
Those are some of the words students are using to describe the new Humanities Building on the 21st Street Campus, which now houses the Upper School English and history departments. The building was officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 4, 2016, the first day back from winter break.
Crossroads alumnus Ali Jeevanjee ’93 and his wife, Poonam Sharma—principal architects at LOC—designed the building, which was formerly the W. M. Keck Math/Science Institute.
“We’ve been working with the School for a while, helping the administration to re-envision aspects of the campus,” explains Ali, who studied architecture at Cornell and Harvard. “It’s been such a pleasure working with everyone. There’s a real spirit to Crossroads that we wanted this building to reflect. We gave it funkier, rougher edges and a big communal space.”
That communal space is filled with inviting blue bean bag chairs, which students touring the new building put to immediate use. There are also spacious classrooms, department offices and two writing centers.
The renovation of the Keck building was made possible by the creation of the new Science Education & Research Facility and is part of the ongoing enhancement of the 21st Street Campus.