Branksome Hall Innovation Centre and Studio Theatre
Provide a space that will fit every innovator
Provide a space that will take students out of their comfort zones
Promote diversity of thought, skills, and interest
Build community among the students, as well as with faculty and staff
Use the space as a catalyst for shaping a better world
About the Project
Branksome Hall is planning to build a new 40,000 square-foot Innovation Centre and Studio Theatre on the east campus that will enhance our current facilities to meet the demands of our innovation curriculum.
The Innovation Centre and Studio Theatre will be a world-class education facility allowing our students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12, teachers and staff to come together under one roof with scholars, industry leaders, artists and entrepreneurs.
This facility will embrace our newly articulated values of sense of community, inclusiveness, creativity and making a difference, while amplifying our core mission to challenge and inspire girls to love learning and shape a better world.
The project is about enhancing Branksome Hall’s programming and enriching our learning environments. The Innovation Centre and Studio Theatre, with its state-of-the-art facilities, will encourage our students to explore and realize ideas which have a positive societal impact and will allow us to build on our existing partnerships and seek out new ones.
We are in the process of planning a new 40,000 square-foot Innovation Centre and Studio Theatre on the east campus which will enhance our current facilities to meet the demands of our innovation curriculum. The Innovation and Studio Theatre will be a world-class educational facility allowing our students from JK to Grade 12, teachers and staff to come together under one roof with scholars, industry leaders, artists and entrepreneurs.
This new state-of-the-art learning environment at Branksome Hall will serve as a catalyst for our entire community—providing a space that will fit any type of innovator, helping students learn to take risks, build confidence and become more adaptable—skills essential in our rapidly changing world. The space will promote greater diversity of thought, skills and interests, and will enhance a sense of community among students, faculty, staff, and the broader community.
Along with providing students with access to leading-edge tools and technologies, it will also integrate the arts to allow students to fully realize their creative and innovative projects on various platforms, providing space for exploration of multi-disciplinary initiatives.
The facility will include a new studio theatre “black box” with 180 seats, which in addition to housing performances, rehearsals and classes, will also provide much-needed room to host inspiring speakers, panel discussions and community events.
The project is slated to begin in 2020 and expected to last 24-36 months. We are committed to staging the project with minimal disruption on school programs and with an eye to traffic management.
Yes, there will be many opportunities to provide input and participate throughout this process. Our neighbours will have a number of different ways to do so, including through community open houses and meetings.
Heritage preservation underpins our plans for this project. We recognize that our campus and the surrounding neighbourhood is composed of heritage homes and properties which need to be preserved. Our project considers the heritage requirements of the Branksome Hall property and ensures that we respect and elevate the heritage elements of our buildings, while also enhancing our spaces with contemporary design.
Although we are in the early stages of planning, we will provide frequent and timely updates should we foresee disruptions in the area. A number of construction mitigation measures will be put in place to ensure we minimize the impact on our neighbours throughout this process. Details about these measures will be communicated in advance.
At Branksome Hall, we are always looking for ways to improve our facilities and ensure our students are prepared to excel in a world of change and uncertainty. Although our students and academic programs are ahead of the “innovation curve,” our current facilities are not meeting the growing demand. This project will enhance Branksome Hall’s programming and enrich our learning environments.
Our mission is to challenge and inspire girls to love learning and shape a better world. The Innovation Centre and Studio Theatre will help us to do this, making admissions to the school more competitive and further reinforcing Branksome Hall’s reputation as a world-class educational institution. This project will spark innovation in our students and equip them with the tools to become more resilient, curious, agile and creative.
The building will provide improved accessibility and connectivity within existing buildings. The existing bridge over Mount Pleasant Road will connect into this new building, creating a seamless and safe indoor pathway between the east and west campuses.
The facility will further set our school apart, creating an innovation hub which will bridge the gap in the current STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) environment and address gender inequity in these fields.
Innovation is at the core of what we do. It is a mindset which shapes our academic programming at all grades and encourages students to push boundaries, unleash their imagination and explore creative solutions to various societal challenges. We are building this facility for Branksome Hall students, preparing them for the jobs of the future and helping them become the leaders of tomorrow.
The facility will set a new standard for secondary schools in North America and position Branksome Hall as an international centre of excellence in innovation. An emerging body of evidence suggests that integrating STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) with the humanities and arts in education is associated with positive learning outcomes, helping graduates to enter the workforce, live enriched lives, and become active and informed citizens. This project will help students at the primary and secondary levels to adopt an innovation mindset, providing them with the confidence and knowledge to pursue these fields at the post-secondary level and beyond.
As Branksome Hall looks to the future and continues to grow, it is a priority for us to work collaboratively with our neighbours.
We are committed to being responsible members of the community, and your feedback and questions can help us do that.
We value your input on what a future for Branksome Hall looks like and will be providing more information in the coming weeks.
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