Phase I of the Brown STEM Wing is Open

 

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Benedictine Military School opens Brown STEM Wing

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Benedictine Military School today celebrated the opening of Phase I of its Brown STEM Wing with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. BC’s Brown STEM Wing is a state-of-the-art 19,000-square-foot academic addition for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics named in honor of Mr. Edward J. Brown, Jr. (BC Class of 1933) and Mr. Edward J. Brown III (BC Class of 1966). Construction for Phase I of the project cost $3.4 million.

Benedictine Military School has received more than $4 million in cash and signed pledges from donors specifically for this project within the Forward, Always Forward Capital Campaign. This is the most significant project at Benedictine Military School in the last 50 years.

“I’m extremely grateful to Jan and Ed Brown, who have made possible this wonderful new STEM Wing for Benedictine Military School,” BC Headmaster Fr. Frank Ziemkiewicz, O.S.B., said. “This is going to afford our students the opportunity to become increasingly more competitive in this future market. This will further allow them to enter the colleges of their choice, and to provide them with the futures that they so richly deserve. My thanks also go out to the many who have also contributed to the construction of this building. Without them, this building would not have been possible.”

The Brown STEM Wing is Benedictine Military School’s top academic priority in the campaign. It will provide much-needed learning space as enrollment has grown over 21 percent in the last four years. It also will prepare our young men for careers in STEM-related fields, which are projected to increase by 17 percent by the year 2020, according to the New Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Brown STEM Wing connects to the academic building in A-Wing. On March 18, 2016, Benedictine Military School celebrated the groundbreaking for Phase I of the Brown STEM Wing, which includes four mathematics classrooms, two study carrels, one computer laboratory, one conference room, one atrium, one senior lounge, restrooms and 100 percent of the slab and shell of the building.

“We pray that this new STEM building will be the beginning of promising careers for our students and for those who follow them,” Ziemkiewicz said. “They stand in a great tradition of so many who have fallen in line for BC, and may their efforts be blessed.”

Phase II, which will include four science laboratories and one lecture hall, will begin once $1.7 million has been raised in cash and signed pledges. Pinyan Construction of Savannah won the bid and is overseeing all aspects of the project in conjunction with architect Pat Shay of Gunn Meyerhoff Shay of Savannah.

 

Lead donor issues a $250,000

End-of-the-year challEnge 

BC Headmaster Father Frank received some exciting news earlier this month. Fundraising efforts for Phase II of the Brown STEM Wing recently received a boost from Mr. Edward J. Brown III '66 who has promised another $250,000 if the BC family can raise $500,000 in cash and pledges by December 31, 2016.

"We are actively raising funds to complete Phase II of the Brown STEM Wing as it is our top priority in our Forward, Always Forward capital campaign.  We are incredibly grateful to Mr. Brown for his leadership in helping us reach this vision that will elevate the academic programs at BC," says Fr. Frank.  "Phase I is on schedule and will open for classes in January.  It will provide us with much needed space including four mathematics rooms, two study carrels, one computer laboratory, one conference room, one atrium, one senior lounge area, and restrooms.  Phase II will provide four science laboratories and a large lecture hall. We already have commitments for more than $325,000 in cash and pledges for Phase II. I'm sure the BC family will rise to challenge and help us reach our Phase II goal of $1.6 million."

"It's all about the young men who will lead us into a better world in the decades ahead. This program will undoubtedly play a key role in turning that vision into an energizing reality," adds Mr. Ed Brown.

If you'd like to make a gift or pledge, you can click the link below or contact Greg Markiton '92, Director of Advancement, at (912) 644-7016 or greg.markiton@bcsav.net

 


groundbreaking for the brown stem wing
march 18, 2016

A state of the art 19,000 square foot academic addition for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics named in honor of Mr. Edward J. Brown, Jr. ’33 and Mr.Edward J. Brown III ’66

 

 

On March 18, Benedictine Military School celebrated the groundbreaking for Phase I of the Brown STEM Wing, a state-of-the-art 19,000-square-foot academic addition for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics named in honor of Mr. Edward J. Brown, Jr. ’33 and Mr. Edward J. Brown III ’66.

Construction for Phase I of the project will cost $3.4 million. BC has received more than $4 million in cash and signed pledges from donors specifically for this project within the Forward, Always Forward Capital Campaign. This is the most significant project at Benedictine Military School in the last 50 years. We are grateful to everyone who has helped this vision to become a reality. 

The Brown STEM Wing is our top academic priority in the campaign.  An acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, the STEM addition will provide much needed learning space as enrollment has grown over 21% in the last four years.  It will also prepare our young men for careers in STEM related fields which are projected to increase by 17% by the year 2020 according to the New Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“Phase I of the Brown STEM Wing will soon be a reality, but we aren’t finished yet” says Greg Markiton ’92, Advancement Director at Benedictine.  “We have already begun fundraising for Phase II which will complete the four science laboratories and a lecture hall.  We are so close to finishing the entire building with over 71% of the total goal raised.  It has been very exciting to see people respond to the challenge.  They believe in the vision that has been set forth by our Headmaster and Board of Directors.”

  • The Brown STEM Wing is named in honor of Mr. Edward J. Brown, Jr. ’33 and Mr. Edward J. Brown III ’66.

  • It will add 19,000 square feet of academic space.  It will connect to the academic building in A-Wing. 

  • Construction for Phase I will cost $3.4 million. BC has received over $3.5 million in cash and signed pledges specifically for STEM from donors within the Forward, Always Forward Capital Campaign.  (The overall campaign has raised more than $6.5 million.)

  • Phase I is scheduled to open in January 2017 and includes 4 mathematics classrooms, 2 study carrels, 1 computer laboratory, 1 conference room, 1 atrium, 1 senior lounge, restrooms, and 100% of the slab and shell of the building.

  • Phase II will begin once the $1.7 million has been raised in cash and signed pledges.  Phase II includes 4 science laboratories and 1 lecture hall.

  • Pinyan Construction of Savannah won the bid and will oversee all aspects of the project in conjunction with architect Pat Shay of Gunn Meyerhoff Shay of Savannah.

Phase I ($3.4 million)
  • 4 Mathematics Classrooms
  • 2 Study rooms
  • 1 Atrium
  • 1 Computer Laboratory
  • 1 Conference Room
  • 1 Senior Lounge
  • Slab & Building Shell
Phase II ($1.6 million)
  • 4 Science Laboratories
  • 1 Lecture Hall

Updated December 31, 2015

STEM PHASE I  
$3,348,436     Goal
$3,348,436     Total raised for Phase I.  

STEM PHASE II  
$1,600,000
     Goal 
   $212,873     Total Raised for Phase II
$1,387,127     Needed to reach goal

 

A BC Alumus makes a historic gift

On January 16, 2015, Benedictine Military School announced a $1 million gift from BC graduate and Savannah native Ed Brown ’66 and his wife Jan. This is the largest gift in the history of Benedictine.  This gift will support the construction of a new wing dedicated to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and will be named in honor of Mr. Edward J. Brown, Jr. '33 and Mr. Edward J. Brown III '66.  On that same night, Mr. Brown also issued a $250,000 Challenge Gift and agreed to donate another $250,000 if we would raise an additional $500,000 in 2015 for the STEM Wing.  Many members of the BC family answered the call and we met the $500,000 challenge during the summer of 2015.  With a 21.5% increase in enrollment over the last four years, the demand for new classroom space is great.  

ANOTHER LEADER ISSUES A $500,000 CHALLENGE

(Challenge met on December 9, 2015)


On September 29, 2015, the Colonial Oil Foundation agreed to partner with Benedictine Military School in a truly significant way.  The foundation challenged the BC family with a $500,000 matching gift for the construction of Phase I of the Brown STEM Wing. This $500,000 pledge was historic as it is the third largest commitment to Benedictine Military School since it opened in 1902.  The BC family responded and committed over $500,000 to surpass the STEM Phase I goal by December 2015.  

The Brown STEM Wing is a 19,000-square-foot, 10-classroom addition to the academic building dedicated to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Phase I includes the build out of the building and five complete classrooms. Phase II includes the completion of the four science laboratories and a lecture hall.

 

Founded in 1902, Benedictine Military School is an all-male, Catholic, college preparatory day school educating young men in grades 9-12.

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Savannah, GA 31406
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