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Webb dedicates new science center

Webb School of Knoxville dedicated its new Jim and Kay Clayton Science Center Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the center’s outdoor theater.

Webb Upper School students and Webb School President Scott Hutchinson joined featured speakers Jon Lawler, chairman of Webb’s Board of Trustees, Bob Brown, chair of Webb’s Upper School science department, and Webb senior John Haydek in thanking the center’s primary benefactors, Jim and Kay Clayton, who were also in attendance.

The $8 million, 35,000-square-foot, two-story facility is the new home to Webb’s Upper School physics, chemistry, biology and environmental science classes. Among the building’s state-of-the-art amenities are eight 1,600-square-foot interactive classrooms that support both classroom instruction and laboratory research.

“These experiential science classrooms effectively promote the critical and natural movement from the classroom setting to the lab,” Hutchinson said.

Adjacent to the large classroom/laboratory spaces are additional labs for long-term experiments. A glass atrium, a greenhouse, a student lounge, and two informal study areas complete the structure.

“Webb’s aspiration to have state-of-the art facilities that appropriately support and inspire the best in learning and student achievement has certainly been met in this new science center,” he added.

With the completion of the Jim and Kay Clayton Science Center, Webb’s Honor the Tradition, Realize the Vision campaign continues as the school’s former Upper School science building, which will now be renovated to become Webb’s new International Center, housing world languages for grades 6 through 12.


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