The MB Campus: Changes in Place for 2017-18

The 2016-17 school year was one of dynamic growth on Moses Brown School’s 33-acre campus.

Last fall, Moses Brown opened the year with a fully-renovated Walter Jones Library. This renovation accounts for the evolving role of libraries in modern scholarship and for the frequent use of the space for community gatherings, such as Reunion events and author talks. More collaborative work space, including three studies, 14 independent work pods, five collaborative work pods, an open classroom with a large-screen HDTV, and an enclosed classroom with a smartboard enables library visitors to find the space that works best for their needs. Over 30 databases and more than 9,000 books support research projects and reading for fun. Students responded by coming through in droves — the librarians estimate that half the upper school population visits daily and after-school traffic increased by 200% last year. This means more students gathering, sharing ideas, collaborating, and learning and knowing that any library is a place where they can belong.

In December MB opened the Woodman Family Community & Performance Center, a 36,000-square-foot flexible-use facility replacing Alumni Hall as Moses Brown’s primary performing arts venue. The Woodman Center had quite the inaugural season, with over 100 performances, lectures and master classes, film screenings, and meetings for worship in just six months. Every day, students of all ages gather in the café, perform on the stage, and use the many versatile features of this remarkable building to enhance their education.

Construction on the new squash and education center began in March, part of an exciting partnership with SquashBusters, an organization that provides underserved youth with athletic and academic enrichment. This project supports MB’s moral and educational mission and will enable our students to have world-class squash facilities and ongoing interaction with children from other backgrounds.

In June MB began transforming Alumni Hall into the Y-Lab, a 5,000-square-foot maker space that is now enhancing students’ abilities to try their ideas in the real world and practice the collaborative, iterative problem-solving that business leaders deem critical for success today. While these physical facilities are eye-catching, what is most exciting about them is the way they create optimal conditions for learning.