Fay Breaks Ground on New Center for Creativity & Design
Less than 48 hours after the end of Fay’s Commencement exercises, the cranes and diggers rolled onto campus, and construction began on Fay’s new Center for Creativity & Design (CC&D).
After a successful fundraising campaign for the CC&D, which included generous capital donations from trustees, parents, alumni, parents of alumni, grandparents, and faculty and staff, Fay School’s Board of Trustees voted to approve the construction of the CC&D in January 2021. The state- of-the-art, two-floor, 7,000 square-foot facility will be located in the center of Fay’s campus, in the current location of the Root Meeting Room, overlooking Harlow Circle. The construction process should last approximately 18 months, and the CC&D is expected to open to students in grades K-9 in the fall of 2022.
The current home for Fay’s signature Creativity and Design program is the Innovation Lab, which was retrofitted into four small classrooms on the edge of campus in 2013. While Fay’s design thinking curriculum (focused on an empathy-based, solution-oriented approach to solving problems) distinguishes us from our peer schools, the Innovation Lab’s physical limitations have constrained us from achieving the program’s vast potential.
The new Center for Creativity & Design will provide double the square footage of the current Innovation Lab. It will include modular, user-friendly spaces that are well- lit, soundproofed, and outfitted specifically for creative problem-solving among students and faculty, featuring sophisticated tools for making students’ creative ideas and designs a reality. Perhaps most importantly, it will position creativity and design at the heart of Fay’s campus, fostering collaboration among faculty and reinforcing design thinking as an integral component of our academic program.