Sage Hill School officially dedicated their planned science center to one of the school’s major donors, the Argyros family.
The school celebrated the Argyros Family Foundation’s $2.5 million donation, which completes the $8 million fundraising campaign for the academic building, during a ceremony Sept. 12 in Sage’s Wilkins Town Square.
The building was named the Lisa Argyros and Family Science Center.
Head of School Gordon McNeill, chair of the board of trustees Christy Marlin, and chair of the campaign for innovative learning, trustee and school founder, Vicki Booth, accepted an oversized symbolic check from Lisa Argyros.
“It is fitting that Argyros’ donation caps the final phase of academic construction on the campus,” Booth said. “The Argyros family made one of the first gifts to Sage Hill School back in 1997, one year before groundbreaking and three years before the first students enrolled. They were visionaries.”
Nearly 100 donors contributed to the center, all of which were acknowledged in last week’s science-themed ceremony.
“We had a vision and we asked our community to invest in this incredible new learning space and support resources that would fuel innovative teaching,” McNeill said. “We were blessed with a number of people who made significant contributions.”
“A model of the 13,000 square foot facility, constructed by former students, was on display, exhibiting the indoor and outdoor learning spaces and contemporary architectural design that will blend seamlessly with existing buildings and surrounding nature preserves,” a statement from the school explains.
This center will also include an independent research lab where students can conduct research year-round in partnerships with universities and private industry, McNeill said.
The center is currently under construction and is slated for completion in fall of 2014.