The Clariden School in Southlake, Texas celebrated the grand opening of its new Upper School STEAM building with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, November 30th.
The new 8,000 square-foot building contains:
- 1,100 square-foot Makerspace equipped with a 4 ft. CNC Router and Laser Engraver, Grizzly milling machine and lathe, Prusa 3D printers, Silhouette Cameo 4 desktop cutting machine, SawStop table saw, a full line of Makita power tools, and pneumatic lines with six retractable hose reels for student workstations
- 1,100 square-foot, ADA-compliant science lab with a dedicated prep and chemical storage room, gas and power connections at all student stations, fume hood with specialty exhaust system for chemical experiments, UV sterilization cabinet, state-of-the-art crocodile tank, and a comprehensive osteology collection
- “Think Tank” for student collaboration with oversized glass whiteboards and moveable furniture
- Four 500 square-foot classrooms with 75” touch screen television monitors with amplified audio, wireless presentation capabilities, and added web cameras, enabling our students to virtually speak and hear from experts around the world
- Kitchenette and student lounge area with a refrigerator, ice machine, and coffee maker
- Patio area with several picnic tables
Additionally, all doors to and within the building have a keycard authorization system, and the building comes equipped with an AtlasIED IPX system for general paging or emergency messaging. Finally, the entire STEAM building is an ICC-500-rated storm shelter enclosure, sized to house the entire Clariden population in the event of severe weather, significantly adding to student safety.
In attendance were students, staff, and their families; WRA Architects and Steele & Freeman, who Clariden partnered with in making this new facility a reality; Mayor John Huffman of Southlake; and Clariden’s generous donors.