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The reimagination of the Rogers space, transitioning it to a home for the arts, technology, and community, is the largest capital project ever undertaken by Brewster, and an unprecedented investment in the future of our school. With the completion and opening of Phase 1 in January of 2022, this space is already radically transforming campus life. The new student center will be a haven for community, creativity, and collaboration—aligning with our core belief that learning should be omnipresent, exciting, and take place beyond classroom and formal teaching boundaries.

The new Rogers includes a comprehensive renovation of the existing structure to frame expansive vistas of the lake, provide ample gathering and collaboration spaces, and accommodate previously underserved programming. The design is open, flexible, and adaptable to the needs of today's students, and will be amenable to programmatic innovations for years to come. From morning to evening, the building will be an active hub for academic, co-curricular, and recreational activities.

With a significant investment in the Rogers Building, we are focused on delivering the best education for the future. The reimagined Rogers building will be a hub for innovation and exploration, and a place for the community to come together.

Click to watch the video tour (above). 

 
FEATURES:
  • STUDENT CENTER
  • CAFE
  • TEST KITCHEN
  • FLEXIBLE LEARNING CLASSROOMS
  • MEETING ROOMS
  • RECREATION AREAS
  • STUDENT GALLERY/DISPLAY SPACE
  • BLACKBOX THEATER
  • DANCE STUDIO
  • SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
 
 
 

THE FUTURE OF THE ROGERS BUILDING

 

To ensure that students are able to take advantage of these spaces as soon as possible, the construction of this comprehensive project is separated into three phases:

PHASE 1

Status
: Fully funded, completed, and now open to the Brewster community.

The project’s largest phase includes the main floor, featuring the spacious, bright, and comfortable student commons and Palmer Cafe, modern classrooms, a soundproof music practice room, and collaboration spaces. The second floor includes the stunning dance studio and the multi-use black box theater. Two stories of floor-to-ceiling windows offer sweeping views of Lake Winnipesaukee and the Belknap Mountains, an awe-inspiring backdrop for the wide range of activities offered within.

The sprawling commons area is configured with a variety of comfortable seating sections where students will be able to lounge with friends, read a book in a secluded spot, or sit and take in the amazing views of Lake Winnipesaukee.

The new Palmer Cafe, with its distinctive Brewster blue tiles, faces the main level seating areas, where students can chill, snack, and just hang out.

Adaptable spaces called "huddle rooms" will allow for small study groups, club meetings, or watching a favorite movie or game.

Students touring the new dance studio have marveled at the sheer size of the dance floor, mirrored walls, and barres.  


 

PHASE 2

Status: Fully funded and currently under construction. This phase is scheduled to be completed in the Spring of 2022.

This lower level will expand opportunities for exploring the arts and will include two multimedia rooms, one with an attached enterprise class dark room, eight soundproof music practice rooms/recording studios, and a large open art studio / classroom specially designated for painting. A student commons area—oriented at the heart of this level—will provide yet another space for connecting with peers and displaying student artwork.

 


 

PHASE 3

Status: Currently raising funds.

This addition to the existing footprint of the Rogers building will provide game-changing experiential opportunities both indoors and out. The planned structure on the lake-facing side will house a state of-the-art Robotics/Makerspace Lab and a vibrant pottery studio with kiln—fulfilling the intention of inspiring students to build and create in tangible ways. The topside of this extension will serve as an open-air terrace that is contiguous with the Main Student Commons. It will no doubt become a center of community life: a relaxing space to gather as a group with food from the Cafe, a comfortable spot to cheer Brewster teams competing on Brown Field, or a place to contemplate the most amazing sunsets over the lake.

To learn more about how you can participate in making this final phase a reality, please contact John Northrop, Director of Advancement, at  jnorthrop@brewsteracademy.org

 

Reimagine Rogers