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Exciting Changes Underway in Gates/Magness!

Exciting Changes Coming to Gates/Magness Center

When the Gates Science and Magness Technology Center opened in 2001, it offered a state-of-the-art facility for an ambitious science program and significantly expanded the only original campus building shared by the Kent and Denver Country Day schools.

Nearly a quarter century later, the growth of Kent Denver’s science program has pushed Gates/Magness beyond its capacity, requiring another significant remodel to accommodate student interest and to bring the facility up to the level of our other learning spaces.

In May, construction crews began the renovation and have been working throughout the summer to prepare the building to reopen at the start of the 2024-25 school year. Highlights of the remodel include:

  • Modernizing all existing classrooms and offices, including new furnishings and equipment
  • Creating a second dedicated chemistry classroom and a significantly larger classroom for advanced biology courses
  • Significantly expanding the design/build studio used by physics, engineering and other courses
  • Creating a dedicated research space for independent study and Innovation Scholar student projects
  • Updating mechanical systems and replacing aging roof

Science Department Chair Dr. Mary Fran Park is particularly excited about the impact of this project on her department’s faculty, students and programs. 

“This renovation will enhance the already exceptional teaching that has been happening at Kent Denver." she explains. "We look forward to using our new spaces to expand student-driven research and deliver high-quality science education that encourages innovation and hands-on learning.”

After many years of using a modified storage closet as a wood shop for his physics and engineering classes, Evan Gaffney is looking forward to bringing students into the significantly expanded design/build studio made possible by the renovation. “QUOTE” 

We look forward to welcoming students, faculty and the community into a vastly improved science facility later this month. Watch your inbox and social media for more information!

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