Construction started in June on a computer science wing in the Upper Division of the Hightower Building on the Casady School campus.
The project features a 4,000-square-foot expansion to the east side of Hightower, one of the first classroom buildings on the Casady campus. In addition, the existing building is to be completely renovated and remodeled, said Betty Jane Garrett, Casady’s director of institutional advancement.
The job is expected to be finished next January or February, according to Jim Bonfiglio, Casady’s director of operations. At completion, Hightower will encompass 11,315 square feet with four additional classrooms “designed for today’s teaching pedagogy,” Garrett said.
Casady announced several academic initiatives under the school’s Strategic Academic Plan in the spring of 2022, she recalled.
The Episcopal-affiliated private, co-educational, college preparatory school is expanding “implementation of a robust and vertically aligned computer science program to ensure our mission of preparing students with the skills and knowledge that serve as the foundation for success,” Garrett said.
“We announced a comprehensive educational approach to exposing our students to a wide variety of computer science curriculum designed to foster computational thinking skills and to gain a clear understanding of the role big data plays in all aspects of life today and in the future,” said Nathan L. Sheldon, head of Casady School.
“We are truly adding another curricular seat to the table by committing people, time, space, and other resources across our campus for what we believe is a critical skill all students will need regardless of their field of choice.”
The Upper Division project to support the computer science initiative “aligns with dedicated space the school already created in Middle Division with the Makerspace and dedicated computer science classrooms, as well as the Launchpad in Lower Division,” Garrett said.