AIS-R held its New Campus Groundbreaking Ceremony on Tuesday, March 5 at its future location inside the walls of Al Bustan Village, a western compound being built by Olayan Financing Corporation. Al Bustan Village will have over 800 apartments and villas and is located approximately five kilometers north of Kingdom Hospital, just east of King Abdulaziz Road.
There were many honored guests at AIS-R’s groundbreaking ceremony, including Ambassador James Smith, Mrs. Lubna Olayan, HRH Prince Bandar Al Saud, ABGR Chairman Les Jenka, General Robert Coffey, Mr. John Langford, Mr. Tom Merkel, Mr. Dan Cagle and Mr. Charles Griffen.
AIS-R’s Superintendent, Dr. Brian Matthews, kicked off the event before Mr. Langford spoke about the history of the project and what the new campus means to AIS-R moving forward. Ambassador Smith spoke next about what AIS-R means to Riyadh, before student body President, Faisal Al-Saud, discussed what the new campus represents to students. After the speeches, the ceremony moved outside for the actual groundbreaking and a tree-planting ceremony.
The head architect of the AIS-R's new campus was Nicholas Garrison from the award winning firm FX Fowle Architects (www.fxfowle.com). Mr. Garrison also recently helped to design new campuses for Cairo American College, American School of Doha and American School of Dubai.
The campus is being constructed by Faden Group, Inc., which won the final bid for the project in the fall of 2012. Faden is scheduled to complete the campus in May of 2014, which will permit AIS-R to open classes there at the start of the 2014-15 school year.
In addition to its more secure location, the new campus boasts 70 square meter classrooms, 100 square meter science labs, increased dining hall, library and multipurpose spaces, as well as better athletic facilities. Most importantly, the state-of-the-art design and purpose-built feel of the new campus will inspire and enable AIS-R’s students and teachers to more effectively engage in 21st century learning activities; ultimately increasing both learning and students’ enjoyment of the process.
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