St. Mark’s School of Texas Science Building
The St. Mark’s School of Texas is currently underway with a major science facilities initiative, including renovation of the 24,000 SF McDermott-Green building and connected construction of the new 56,000 SF Winn Science Center. Physics labs and Middle School science rooms will be housed in renovated space, while the new building supports the more demanding technical requirements of Chemistry, Biology, DNA and Environmental Science labs. Innovative learning spaces include a Maker Lab and Shop, Digital Technology Lab, Robotics lab, Greenhouse, 100-seat Planetarium and a 250-seat auditorium. A pond, native landscape areas and raised cultivation beds support outdoor learning in Biology and Environmental Science.
Instructional spaces are organized in a two-story skylit Commons, envisioned both as informal learning space and as a venue for special events. Continuous balconies along the second floor corridors will allow the Commons to function as an arena for robotics competitions and other gatherings. A large stair open to the Commons connects the two levels and provides an overlook at the double-height Study Lounge, and a two-story glass connector between the addition and renovated building provides pedestrian linkage as well as additional collaboration and study space.
Robert A. M. Stern Architects served as design architect, with GFF as the Architect of Record.