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Regional Science and Technology Center Construction Information

Dobyns-Bennett High School Regional Science and Technology Center


400-seat Regional Science and Technology Center (RSTC) will be constructed on the campus of Dobyns-Bennett High School with a mission to create a culture that inspires innovation through Science and Technology.
Five academic goals for the RSTC have been established:
  1. Support scientific inquiry and discovery
  2. Foster creativity and problem solving
  3. Offer meaningful career opportunities
  4. Provide application-based experiences through an integrated curriculum
  5. Utilize the power and flexibility of technology

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DBHS Regional Science and Technology Center FAQ

Updated - 12/27/17
Renowned international architecture firm Perkins+Will has completed initial design concepts and construction will begin during Winter Break 2017. 
  • The overall goals for the Regional Science and Technology Center include:
    • Adding an enhanced science and technology program at D-B, with new/enhanced facilities and programming, while increasing D-B's student capacity.
    • Defining the D-B main entrance.
    • Improving circulation and accessibility at D-B for students and staff.
    • Capitalizing on an opportunity for a new identity for the D-B facility, while maintaining the current design and legacy elements.
  • Visioning work on the Regional Science and Technology Center began in May 2016 with a session involving D-B staff members and focusing on design and programming.  Key work since that time has included:
    • Conceptual Design and Programming - July 2016
    • Schematic Design - August/September 2016
    • Design Development - November 2016
  • As designed the new three-story facility will include:
    • 18 science/tech labs
    • Two teacher work spaces
    • Six student work spaces
    • One TEAL (Technology Enhanced Active Learning) lab
    • One large research lab
    • Four small research labs
    • A student cafe 
    • Administrative offices
  • The new facility would raise the D-B capacity to support 2,500 students at 85% utilization.
  • Construction of the new Regional Science and Technology Center will begin in the Winter Break of 2017, with a potential move-in date in the Spring Break of 2019.

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