Pace Academy has announced plans to build The Arthur M. Blank Family Upper School, a 75,000-square-foot facility that will replace the current Upper School, constructed in 1961.

To reach its $32 million fundraising goal, the school has launched Aim High, its largest capital campaign to date. The family of Atlanta Falcons Owner & Chairman and The Home Depot Co-Founder Arthur M. Blank contributed Aim High’s lead gift.

Designed by Pace alumnus Sandy Cooper of Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, the facility will provide students with nearly double the space of the current Upper School and will include The Woodruff Library, a gift of Jane Woodruff and Buck and Ann Woodruff.

The Student Commons, a 1,500-square-foot place for community building and collaborative learning, will serve as a hub for all Upper School students. The building’s Academic Resource Center will feature private tutoring rooms and a learning lab, and state-of-the-art classrooms and science labs will allow students to use cutting-edge technology and gain hands-on experience in a safe environment. Construction will begin immediately following the 2012-13 school year, and The Arthur M. Blank Family Upper School building will open for the start of the 2014-15 year.

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