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Puller Science Center is latest addition to CCS.

Posted on July 29, 2011 in News

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The Lewis B. Puller Jr. Science Center is next to the historic Christchurch School bell tower (right).
by Tom Chillemi

When students return to Christ-church School later this month they will be greeted by the new Lewis B. Puller Jr. Science Center, a state-of-the-art building incorporating green technology.

The 12,000-square-foot Puller Science Center has advanced laboratories for biology, physics, chemistry, marine and environmental sciences; aquarium and aquaculture tanks; research areas; flexible classroom space; and equipment for real-time data monitoring and research.

Tall glass windows give a view of the Rappahannock River and let the sun’s energy into the atrium. The atrium and patio areas are available to the public for receptions.

The $3 million building is designed for LEED certification for its energy savings, water efficiency, reduced carbon dioxide emissions and improved indoor environmental quality, among other criteria.

The restrooms have fixtures that use less water or none.

Christchurch School headmaster Jeb Byers said, “The Puller Science Center is an exciting addition to our campus. It brings the vision for our new curriculum into focus and will play an important role as we inspire our students to be hands-on and passionate learners.

“We have some of the best views of the Rappahannock River in the county, and we hope that the Middlesex community will find many occasions to visit campus and enjoy the Puller Science Center with us!” said Byers.

The science center is named for the late Lewis B. Puller Jr., a member of the Christchurch School Class of 1963. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author is the son of Gen. Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller, the most decorated U.S. Marine.

The Puller Science Center will be dedicated on October 15 during Parents Weekend.

The center was designed by BCWH Architects of Richmond. The contractor was KBS Inc. of Richmond.