The center was dedicated in 2009, the centennial year for this independent girls’ school. The school’s rich history informed the project design, which drew inspiration from the proportion and detail of nearby McBee House, the campus’ iconic structure. The Library occupies two floors of the new building, while the third floor and renovated space in adjoining Jenkins Hall house the Science Center. A glass-walled connector (photo, above) joins the two buildings. The project is pursuing LEED Silver certification.
Shepley Bulfinch was the project’s design architect in association with Goff D’Antonio Associates of Charleston. The Center is the first phase of the implementation of Ashley Hall’s Master Plan, completed by Shepley Bulfinch in 2006.