It took just three months to assemble the Winn Science Center’s steel frame atop the concrete foundation, outlining a building that will inspire Marksmen for decades to come. In January, the entire School community watched as the final beam, speckled with the signatures of the senior class, teachers, and project leaders, was lifted onto the top of the planetarium dome. Just a month later, the steel skeleton is now filled in with fiberglass sheathing, sloped metal trusses border the roof, and the top of the planetarium gleams with metal decking that will soon support the signature copper dome.
Since the opening of the McDermott-Green Math-Science Quadrangle in 1961, science and technology have advanced exponentially. To ensure Marksmen are prepared to face the challenges of an ever-changing world, the School regularly updates its strategic plan. The latest iteration, Goals for St. Mark’s IV, identifies the School’s opportunity to “strengthen and expand science and technology education through the construction of the Winn Science Center and the renovation of the McDermott-Green Physical Science Center.”
Since its beginning, St. Mark’s has benefited from strong supporters and visionary leaders who seek to further the School’s mission of leading young men forward on the Path to Manhood. A half century ago, the McDermotts and Greens laid the foundation for a major transformation in science education. And today, this tradition of support continues, with a new cadre of community members who have played a foundational role in the success of the School and will enable a bright future for the next generation of leaders and innovators. They have a great understanding of the early and lasting impact St. Mark’s has on students. Through that lens, they can see the Science Center’s potential as a powerful vessel for exposing Marksmen to skills that are so critical for today’s workplace and society.