In the last three years, Berkshire has enjoyed a flurry of construction that has resulted in significant improvements to the physical plant. In 2008 the School completed a full gut renovation of the central academic building, Berkshire Hall, bringing state-of-the-art technology to bright, open and engaging spaces for learning and meeting. The Jackman L. Stewart Center, featuring two sheets of ice and indoor tennis space, in season, as well as a fitness center and athletic training suite, was also completed in 2008. In 2009, the Photography and Digital Arts studios were renovated, and a new Film Studio, Dance Studio and Music Center were added in 2010. Allen House, a boys dormitory, also saw a total renovation in time for students’ arrival in September, and a new tennis complex featuring twelve new Har-Tru courts was completed in time for the 2011 season. In September, 2011, the totally renovated Allen Theater was debuted, and the Kenefick Center for Learning, the SAT Tutoring Program, the student radio station WBSL, and the Film Department spaces, all located on the second floor of Allen, were transformed.
A new eight-acre solar field across the street from campus, the largest solar installation in the state of Massachusetts, began generating up to forty percent of the school’s electricity in December of 2011 and will serve as a lab for the Sustainability program beginning in September 2012.
In the summer of 2012, the school completed the construction of the new Bellas/Dixon Math and Science Center on the western side of Buck Valley. This stunning new 48,000-square-foot center increased space by 129% and includes six math classrooms, eight science classroom labs, a 100-seat teaching auditorium, department and Pro Vita offices, spaces for independent study and collaboration, and an Advanced Math/Science lab with state-of-the-art equipment.
Click here to learn more about how innovative design features make this new building both smart and sustainable.
Click here to learn about other major improvements to the Berkshire's physical plant that took place during the summer of 2012.
Finally, construction is underway on a new Fine Arts Center in Berkshire Hall. This expansive two-story space will return visual arts to the academic heart of the school and include new Studio Art, Ceramics and Sculpture classrooms, a new classroom for Digital Art, Digital Photography and Digital Music, a digital printing lab, and a new Art Gallery. Construction will be complete by the summer of 2013, well in time for the 2013-14 academic year.
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We are obviously proud of all of these building projects. They represent a genuine commitment to our students and faculty, and they are the result of an inspired leadership effort at many levels. That being said, Berkshire has always been and will always be about the people. It is the human relationships that make Berkshire special.