Ravenscroft's new Keim Center for Innovation and Research opened Monday, Aug. 27, with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony, giving students, faculty, staff and guests an early look at the building's remarkable transformation, completed in just a few short months.
On hand to snip the ceremonial ribbon was Head of School Doreen Kelly; Kevin Anderson '82, chair of the Board of Trustees; Kevin Keim, a Ravenscroft grandparent and trustee whose generous support has made the Center possible; and the Keim family.
In opening remarks, Kelly said to the assembled students and teachers, "The Keim Center provides an environment where you can have ongoing circles of exchange in social spaces, collaboration spaces, research spaces and hands-on creation spaces. It is a state-of-the-art facility that helps us realize our vision to increase access and curriculum around STEM+."
Anderson thanked the architectural team of Davis Kane Architects, led by Kevin Kane; contractor Spec Con, led by Doug Watson; and Ravenscroft's Buildings and Grounds Department, led by Chris Farrow.
"Dr. Keim, I am grateful for your visionary leadership, in helping us raise our sights to what could be possible for Ravenscroft," he added. "On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the entire Ravenscroft community, we'd like to thank you for trusting us with this opportunity."
The many Upper and Middle School students and faculty who attended the brief ceremony then had time to tour the Center, exploring its new work and social spaces, watching demonstrations of some of the new manufacturing equipment, and enjoying samples of bagels and smoothies provided by Flik Dining to promote the new café.
As finishing touches continue to be made, several classes are already meeting in the Keim Center, with more joining them in the coming weeks. Get the latest updates and enjoy more photos and videos on the Keim Center blog.
Above, clockwise from top left: Head of School Doreen Kelly, Peter Keim, Nicole Keim '22, Kevin Keim, Jessica Keim '22, Theresa Brennan-Keim and Kevin Anderson '82; Anderson and Kelly prior to the ribbon-cutting; Kevin Keim with Middle School STEM+ teachers Janet Vande Berg (left) and Melissa Spainhour; Spainhour and Vande Berg (not pictured) demonstrate the Shopbot CNC Router, which was used to cut the Keim Center sign in the adjacent photo.
Below, clockwise from top left: Students take advantage of the collaboration spaces for group work and study hall (two photos); a table saw, one of several pieces of equipment students will be able to use; Middle School students enjoy the refreshments provided by the café (two photos); Upper School science and engineering teacher Nelson Nunalee explores the robotics lab with students.