Abbey’s new science building takes shape

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The Portsmouth Abbey’s new science building is quickly taking shape with steel beams added recently. View the construction progress here. 

You can watch the progress live on webcams here

The new, state-of-the-art science education facility, designed by Architerra, an architecture, community design, and development advisory firm, will be annexed to the east end of the Burden classroom building, extending from the Holy Lawn north toward the football field and track.

This new building will feature: 

  • Seven laboratories
  • Seven classrooms
  • Faculty offices
  • A multi-purpose seminar room
  • A multi-story commons that will serve as the crossroads between science and the humanities

The largest single initiative in Portsmouth Abbey’s history, “this transformational project will set Portsmouth Abbey apart as a school that delivers an exceptional education in the sciences, in the humanities, and in all aspects of its unique curriculum, for generations to come,” according to the Portsmouth Abbey officials. 

The $20-million project is projected to be fully funded by June 30, 2018. As of today, the Portsmouth Abbey has raised $13 million. 

Construction for the project began this past July. The new building is expected to open in late 2018. 

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