Providence, RI – Shawmut Design and Construction celebrated the completion of the state-of-the-art, $5 million Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/Architecture, and Math (STEAM) Hub for Girls. The facility is at the Lincoln School in Providence.
The STEAM Hub, designed by LLB Architects, features a new two-story façade, 4,000sf of interdisciplinary learning space, flexible breakout areas, and a rotating art gallery, all on the historic Blackstone Boulevard property.
The design is a visual expression of the school’s mantra “Where tradition meets innovation.” The addition features a dramatic glass curtainwall facing west with 20 vertical fins, or sun shades, spaced in such a way as to create rolling shade as the sun moves. The modern, curvilinear design allows people outside to see adjacent buildings through the new addition.
The chemistry, robotics, and physics rooms are highlighted by enlarged, dynamic group study spaces, and a math/engineering collaborative workspace anchors the new addition. All classroom and study spaces are more open, connected, and flexible for a myriad of teaching and learning modes. The kitchen was reconfigured to provide a direct flow from the dining room and student lounges to a new student/faculty study space along Butler Avenue that overlooks Blackstone Boulevard and Park.
The STEAM Hub is the only dedicated STEAM facility for girls in Rhode Island and creates a cutting-edge environment for interdisciplinary teaching and learning while also contributing an architectural addition to Providence’s East Side.