Portsmouth Abbey clears land for new science building

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The Portsmouth Abbey’s new science building is taking shape with land recently cleared for construction.

The new, state-of-the-art science education facility, designed by Architerra, an architecture, community design, and development advisory firm, will be annexed to the east end of the Burden classroom building, extending from the Holy Lawn north toward the football field and track.

This new building will feature: 


  • Seven laboratories
  • Seven classrooms
  • Faculty offices
  • A multi-purpose seminar room
  • A multi-story commons that will serve as the crossroads between science and the humanities

The largest single initiative in Portsmouth Abbey’s history, “this transformational project will set Portsmouth Abbey apart as a school that delivers an exceptional education in the sciences, in the humanities, and in all aspects of its unique curriculum, for generations to come,” according to the Portsmouth Abbey officials. 

The $20-million project is projected to be fully funded by June 30, 2018. As of today, the Portsmouth Abbey has raised $13 million. 

Construction for the project began this past July. The new building is expected to open in late 2018. 

“This unprecedented level of enthusiasm and support for the School — coupled with healthy enrollment, record endowment, and record-setting annual funds — gave the Board confidence to move forward with construction,” according to Abbey officials. 

The new 34,123-sq.-ft. science building will also increase teaching space for all disciplines by 42 percent. 

Featured below are project scopes. You can also watch the building progress on live webcams here

Founded in 1926 by the English Benedictine community, the Portsmouth Abbey School located on Cory’s Lane in Portsmouth is a coeducational, Catholic Benedictine boarding and day school for students in grades 9 to 12. 


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