The entire Forman Community, along with VIP guests, gathered to commemorate the opening of the new Science Center this morning — just 10 months after a wintry ground breaking last November.
Head of School Adam Man remarked that this building is the culmination of a vision shared by School founders, John and Julie Forman, who emphasized the importance of nature and hands-on learning for students with learning differences.
The Science Center is home to four interactive laboratories and two classrooms, as well as office space and a large commons room. A raingarden outside, featuring a vernal pond and a series of plantings of indigenous species, serves as a laboratory for ecology and physics classes — part of the Experiential Learning curriculum that is the hallmark of a Forman education.
Fred Lione, Trustee, described the accelerated construction on the 9000-square foot, state-of-the-art facility which began in November, 2012 and was finished in record time due to the effective collaboration of school administrators with architects Stein/Troost and construction company PAC.
Student Body President, Olivia Shelbourn ’14, spoke about the impact that this new Science Center will have on students for decades to come. The official ceremony came to a close when the ribbon was cut by the youngest Forman student, 13-year-old Parker Broadnax ’17.