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Design Profile: Academy of Notre Dame De Namur Center for STEM Education

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Halkin Mason Photography
Halkin Mason Photography

SMP Architects collaborated with the Academy of Notre Dame to create a new Center for STEM Education in support of the school’s institutional mission and curriculum goals. The design sensitively responds to the traditional architecture of the historic campus while introducing a forward-looking facility that embraces 21st century science education. This vision strikes a creative balance between a focus on Notre Dame’s future, through contemporary active learning lab classrooms and team collaboration breakout spaces, and a strong respect for its past, in the contextual massing and materials. Anchoring the southern edge of campus to define a new academic quad, the facility is the cornerstone project in the realization of a new master plan. n

Project: Center for STEM Education

Location: Villanova, PA 

Client: Academy of Notre Dame De Namur

Project Size: 33,000 sf


Project Team:
SMP Architects (Architect)

Viridian Landscape Studio (Landscape Architect)

Momenee & Associates (Civil Engineer)

CVM Engineers (Structural Engineer)

Bruce E. Brooks & Associates (MEP Engineer)

David Nelson & Associates (Lighting Consultant)

Metropolitan Acoustics (Acoustic Consultant)

HERA (Lab Planner)

Photos: Halkin Mason Photography

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