Queens Award

Case Study

Miss Hall’s School USA

Founded in 1898 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Miss Hall’s School boasts a rich history of providing education to girls and young women. The opening of its 24,500-sf Linn Hall academic building in 2016 was a significant step towards empowering and fostering future female leaders in STEM fields.

One of the primary objectives of the project was to create flexible and adaptable learning spaces that can meet the evolving needs of students in the years to come. Furthermore, the school recognized the value of collaboration in achieving academic excellence. Research has shown that girls thrive in collaborative settings, and to facilitate this, Linn Hall was designed to promote both small group and larger group collaboration.

By opting for STEMLine mobile workstations, the science labs layouts can be quickly reconfigured, to encourage students to work together on projects, fostering creativity and innovation. The new chemistry and physics labs have separate project and storage spaces. The fixed STEM lab benches provide plenty of workspace as well as storage. The tall SpaceSaver working walls provide further storage, through a combination of tray units, shelving, and drawers. The perimeter benching in both laboratories and the prep room provides access to integrated sinks.

Miss Hall’s School’s investment in STEM education and the creation of innovative, collaborative learning spaces in Linn Hall were vital steps toward closing the gender gap in STEM fields. By inspiring and equipping young women with the skills and confidence to excel in science and technology, Miss Hall’s School is paving the way for a brighter, more inclusive future in STEM.