By Nick Gilbert
The Global Commons Building of the Hun School has been approved by the Princeton Zoning and Planning Board on June 21, 2012. Dorm rooms and the state-of-the art classrooms will feature in the multi-purpose space. This building is planned to open by the year 2014.
The total estimated cost for this project is about $8.5 million, out of which $5.76 million has been received as donation. The Hun School is known for its day and diverse international resident community.
The building will be designed to facilitate educational initiatives such as interdisciplinary education, global studies, and 21st Century skills that include leadership, communication and teamwork. It will also be a central point for global education. The classrooms in the building will be designed to carry out multimedia presentations and group work. It will also offer easy access to the latest technologies and will also prove useful for teleconferencing.
The students come from 15 states and 21 different countries to study in this school. The school will be equipped with more than 20 dorm rooms in order to satisfy the demand for admission. In 2011, applications for this school were increased by about 60%, and in 2012 another 20% have been increased.
The building will be designed in international style. It will be equipped with a store, café, meeting rooms and student center. It will also increase interaction between resident and day students since it is located in between the main academic building, existing dormitories and the dining hall.
Andrew Hamlin, Assistant Headmaster for Advancement of the Hun School, stated that they are delighted to receive the support from alumni and their dedicated parents towards this educational initiative. They have planned to construct the new building in the spring season.