Design firm consults on Reynolds renovation

Benjamin Most

Representatives of a design firm which specializes in creating optimal spaces for learning visited the Middle School Feb. 4 to discuss renovations to Reynolds Hall.

Designers for  Fielding Nair International talked to faculty and administrators about how they plan to build productive and flexible classrooms at the Middle School to allow for a variety of teaching styles.

“We discussed how spaces and classroom configuration can affect teaching and learning,” Head of Middle School Jon Wimbish said.

Fielding Nair International has built educational facilities around the world in 36 countries and 19 U.S. states. The architecture firm has also worked on $10 billion worth of schools in the past 15 years and won 11 international planning and design awards for their work.

The firm is planning to begin work on Reynolds Hall, which will be known as the Wang Center after the renovations, during the summer.

Visual arts, history, world languages and Human Development classes will be taught in the new renovated classrooms.

The administration hopes to allow for improved use of technology, and changes may include Wi-Fi improvements to the building.

“This is our opportunity to make sure that our classrooms accommodate the needs for a 21st century learning environment,” Wimbish said.