Architectural rendering of the new Science & Humanities Commons

Contact: Kathy Heydt, Director of Communications
Portsmouth Abbey School, 285 Cory’s Lane, Portsmouth, RI 02871

October 16, 2017 – Portsmouth, RI

Portsmouth Abbey School, located in Portsmouth, RI, has announced “Securing Our Academic Future,” a campaign to construct a new science building for the School.

The state-of-the-art science education facility has been designed by Architerra, an architecture, community design, and development advisory firm dedicated to sustainable design and smart growth. The 32,163-square-foot building will include seven laboratories, seven classrooms, faculty offices, a multi-purpose seminar room, and a multi-story commons that will serve as the crossroads of science and the humanities for the School. Portsmouth Abbey has contracted with A/Z Corporation for the construction of the building, which will adhere to the highly efficient low-emissions green standards followed by the School since 2007. Its eco-friendly components will meet LEED Gold design specifications, and its flexible-use interior will ensure that the School can remain abreast of the rapidly changing academic landscape in the sciences.

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“This is an incredible academic initiative and perhaps the most important initiative in the School’s history because it will allow us to truly have an academic center at Portsmouth Abbey,” said Headmaster Dan McDonough, speaking to the crowd of several hundred students, faculty, staff, regents, and honored guests who had gathered for the groundbreaking on September 29, 2017.

The wood-and steel-framed structure will complement the existing campus architecture, designed by Pietro Belluschi, a leader of the Modern Movement in architecture and dean of the MIT School of Architecture and Planning from 1951-1965.

The campaign has already raised $13 million toward its $20 million goal. The project is expected to be completed in late 2018.

For additional information about this transformational project, please visit www.portsmouthabbeyscience.org.

Portsmouth Abbey School is a coeducational, Catholic Benedictine boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12. Founded in 1926 by the English Benedictine community, the School is located on a 525-acre campus along the picturesque shores of Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay. The School’s Mission encompasses the importance of reverence for God and the human person, respect for learning and order, and responsibility for the shared experience of community life.

Architectural rendering of one of the building’s new open lab/classroom configurations.
The groundbreaking ceremony on September 29, 2017 (l-r) Portsmouth Abbey Science Department Chair Robert Sahms; Member of the Board of Regents Emmett O’Connell, Jr. P ’16 ’17; Chairman of the Board of Regents Chris Behnke ’81 P’12 ’15 ’19; Portsmouth Abbey School Headmaster Dan McDonough; Science Building Steering Committee Chair Peter Kennedy ’64 P ’07 ’08 ’15; Science Teacher Janice Brady; Portsmouth Abbey School Head Girl Kate Hughes ’18; and Head Boy Tom Teravainen ’18.