The Facility

A unique learning facility for the next generation of innovators.

Features of the Bryan Innovation Lab:

  • Flexible indoor and outdoor classroom spaces designed for multiple purposes and adaptable for future uses
  • Geothermal heat pump that uses the natural temperature of the earth to cool air in the summer and heat air in the winter
  • Photovoltaic power generation that converts the sun's energy to electricity
  • Solar hot water system that uses the sun's energy to passively heat water for the building
  • Two 2,500-gallon cisterns to collect run-off water that supplies five 300-gallon cisterns for landscape irrigation
  • Rain gardens and BMPs around the building collect additional water from building and parking areas
  • Radiant floor heating system for winter months

The Core:

Exposed, labeled, and metered mechanical systems generate real-time data for students to investigate how energy is being generated and consumed. An intentionally revealing architectural and mechanical design makes the distribution and use of energy understandable and teachable. Class Example: Measure and compare the Bryan Innovation Lab’s energy use with the previous week's numbers and brainstorm energy-saving solutions.

Wellness Studio:

A vital teaching space for physical exercise and social-emotional health. This dynamic, flexible space has movable partitions that can be closed to create quiet, reflective areas. Students have access to a large monitor for instructional video and Skype conferencing. Students learn about the importance of nutrition, lifestyle choices, and how we interact with our living environments from a systems perspective focused on overall health. Class Example: Students learn human development first-hand from visiting infants and their parents with a local pediatrician.

Kitchen Studio and Gardens:

These spaces engage students in the production, preparation, consumption, and composting of food, fostering lifelong, healthy decision-making skills. The demonstration kitchen is used to teach healthy food preparation and nutrition using items from the adjacent class gardens. Built-in video cameras can record students' and/or chef facilitators' cooking (shown on overhead screens). The large operable glass wall opens onto a cafe terrace with an outdoor kitchen including a grill and wood-burning pizza oven. Class Example: Experience a meal from farm to table—harvesting vegetables from the Ipsen Gardens and cooking a healthy meal in the kitchen studio.

Reynolds East and West Innovation Studios:

These classroom spaces allow for scientific inquiry using cutting-edge equipment to develop creative, innovative, and collaborative solutions to real-world problems. There is plenty of room for students to utilize technology and tools necessary for advanced problem solving. Class Example: Students design prosthetic arms using a 3-D printer.

Outdoor Learning Environments:

With wetlands, forest, and a garden, there are opportunities for all disciplines to explore and apply natural laws and systems thinking to the interaction of natural spaces and human design. Class Example: Examine water samples from Petronis Pond to determine the health of native organisms.

Student-Led Video Tour of the Bryan Lab

Three Steward Middle Schoolers created this video about the Lab for a class project. Thank you to Lily Jennette, Alex Chapman, and Hayden Ashworth!





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