“We’ve designed the building so that it settles into the landscape and feels like it has always belonged there.” — Andy Jonic, the architectural project manager for William Rawn Associates.  

New Views

This fall, Nobles breaks ground on two building projects on campus—a major renovation of the Baker Science Building and the construction of an Academic Inquiry Center to include a new Putnam Library. The project will be completed in 2018.

Head of School Bob Henderson explains that the project will reflect the changing function of libraries and science centers. It will also create a more unified, functional and beautiful campus.

The project architects, William Rawn Associates, have an impressive portfolio, consistently rank among the best in the country and have won 12 National Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects.

Henderson articulates the intention this way: “With the Academic Inquiry Center immediately adjacent to the science building, we can build synergy between research and curricular space and programmatic space; we are exploring how classrooms in the library space and renovations in the Baker Building can have a relationship. The architects are considering what spaces are important, what’s sacred, and which curricular and cultural elements should be reflected.

“Change is not something to fear. It is something to embrace and consider,” says Henderson. “The school can be a dynamic and rapidly evolving place, while at the same time embracing some of its finest traditions.”

Academic Inquiry Center

  • Square footage: 21,400 gsf
  • Occupancy scheduled for January 2018



  • 10,000-square-foot Putman Library
  • 20,000 volumes
  • Reading room
  • Quiet study/ large meeting room 
  • Glassroom 
  • Rare books storage room
  • Five small meeting rooms (with AV equipment)
  • Four new classrooms
  • Two innovation classrooms
  • Four faculty office spaces

Baker Science Renovation and Addition

  • Square Footage: 31,650 gsf 
  • Occupancy scheduled for September 2017



  • Renovate seven existing classrooms/labs
  • Two new classrooms/labs (biology and chemistry)
  • One new physics electronics/robotics workroom
  • One new bio/chem project room equipped with a new fume hood
  • Two new physics classrooms/labs 
  • New building entry facing campus

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