As modalities of teaching and learning have evolved since its 2003 school opened, Gann Academy identified the creation of a multimedia Learning Commons and Maker Space as a priority to better align its facilities with its educational mission. The Innovation Center will support Gann’s creative, interdisciplinary and collaborative learning activities in all subject areas.
Beginning with a planning study, Gann Academy engaged MDS to explore options for adapting existing spaces to create a new hub for learning, research, multimedia exploration, and community engagement. The project includes a range of open and closed learning and study spaces. The renovation will open for the Fall 2019 academic year.
The Learning Commons complements the existing library. It will provide additional space for collaboration and project work, quiet individual work areas for focused study, and larger open areas for groups and classes.
The Innovation Center fosters multiple modalities of teaching and learning — from class work and group work to quiet individual study.
A Digital Media Lab supports digital photography and graphic design, as well as CAD and 3D design activities. A Prototyping Lab includes space for “clean” building, 3D printing and laser and vinyl cutters. A Fabrication Lab includes woodworking and metalworking machinery — both traditional and computer controlled. The renovation also provides expanded space for Gann’s Robotics Lab.
A specialized Academic Resource Center, located directly adjacent to the Learning Commons, will house Gann’s Learning Specialists and include open spaces for group and individual work. Gann’s existing Art Studios will also be integrated in the Innovation Center, encouraging interdisciplinary and innovative collaboration.