Oliver Building Renovation


The Oliver Science Building

Science pedagogy has changed. Today, high school students are expected to undertake a high level
of sophisticated research, data collection, and analysis in hands-on, collaborative laboratory settings.

Thanks to the generosity of parents, alumni, and friends, in just under six months Sewickley Academy
has been able to complete a $3.5 million total renovation of the Oliver Science Building. In August
2014, faculty moved into spaces that are better suited to prepare students to engage in more
experiential and collaborative learning of the sort they will encounter in college science courses, with
an advanced approach to integrated learning supported by flexible spaces.

The renovated Oliver Science Building gives students the opportunity to learn in spaces that allow
for seamless lecture, lab, and collaborative class meetings.
Renovation Highlights:
• Lab space increased to 1,100 square feet
• Science project rooms for student-driven independent projects and research
• Flexible furnishings to allow teachers to configure their spaces to support a wide range of teaching approaches
• Enhanced learning through immediate access to computers
• Better natural lighting
• State-of-the-art equipment, such as advanced spectrophotometers, precision balances, and laptops