Da Vinci Academy of Arts & Sciences
Da Vinci Academy opened in 2016 to 120 sixth-grade students. Originally housed in 15 portable classroom buildings on the Maywood School campus, Da Vinci needed dedicated new buildings to accommodate both incoming sixth graders and the school’s rising seventh graders. The Corning School District worked with American Modular Systems (AMS) to create an innovative site design with four wings of project-based learning space cleverly landscaped to provide a separate “school within a school” setting on the established campus. The 14,640-square-foot Gen7 building includes ten classrooms housed in three wings and a five-classroom STEM wing with maker space, labs and a science technology classroom. All 15 classrooms are networked to support 21st Century Learning, offering convenient internet access and information sharing via school-issued Chromebooks.
Da Vinci’s immediate needs required pre-planning to ensure accelerated delivery while school was in session. The project was approved in December 2016, and two classroom wings were delivered in April 2017, providing learning space for students while existing portables were demolished. The remaining two wings were delivered in May, with finish work scheduled during summer break for August occupancy. All four wings boast state-of-the-art sustainability, with large low-E windows and Solatubes bringing natural light to every classroom and quiet, high-efficiency HVAC systems reducing noise and energy usage for a higher level of student and building performance. The Gen7 STEM wing features smart, space-efficient upgrades, including interior and exterior glass NanaWalls that allow flexible configurations of space inside, as well as a seamless connection between indoors and out, maximizing the program’s outdoor learning opportunities. The NanaWalls also provide natural ventilation, ensuring superior indoor air quality for a better learning environment.