The Revers Center for Science and Visual Arts

Our new Center for Science & Visual Arts will solidify Rivers’ commitment to providing our students with innovative and experiential learning opportunities on a daily basis, advancing our teachers' development of engaging coursework across multiple disciplines. Both the building and its cutting-edge equipment and functionality will be a major step in keeping Rivers firmly positioned at the forefront of 21st century learning.

~ Ned Parsons, Head of School


List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • Who is the building named for?

    The building is named in honor of Daniel R. Revers, P’15, the single largest donor in the school’s history as well as the lead donor to FutureMakers: The Campaign for Rivers. You can read more about Revers and his role in the planning and construction of the new Center online here.
  • What is the purpose of the new building?

    The new building is designed to provide transformative, dedicated space for Upper School Science and Visual Arts. In addition, it will create prominent community gathering areas, as well as space for collaborative work and gallery areas. The additional space will enable expanded access to courses and enhance experiential learning opportunities in science and visual arts.
  • Where will the new building be located?

    The Center for Science & Visual Arts will be located on the northeast side of Waterman Field next to the Haffenreffer Building.
  • Will any of the school's current programming be displaced by the construction?

    Because of the location, there will be no disruption to academic programming during construction, other than the eventual relocation of the yurt.
  • How much does the project cost? How will it be funded?

    The cost of the new building and related projects is roughly $23 Million. With the full backing of the administration and faculty, 100 percent of our trustees and a small group of donors have committed nearly 80 percent of the total costs for this project.
  • How will the new building impact teaching and learning at Rivers?

    The Board endorsed this project because it signifies Rivers’ unwavering commitment to academics and to providing our students with outstanding innovative and experiential learning opportunities. Not only will these new spaces enhance classroom learning, they will provide opportunities for students to work independently on art and design projects and to conduct self-directed science research projects in a central, free-standing lab designed specifically for student-generated, faculty-guided research.
  • What is the timeline for construction?

    Critical infrastructure work will begin in earnest in June, after graduation, as we prepare the site for construction.

    We are optimistic that we might break ground on the Center for Science & Visual Arts in the late summer or early fall. Ultimately, the timing will be contingent on permitting and our continued fundraising success. If we are successful and can stay to that schedule, our projected move-in date to the new building could be as early as January 1, 2020.
  • Who should I contact if I have more questions?

    If you would like more information about the Center for Science and Visual Arts, please contact Krissie Kelleher, Director of Advancement at 339-686-2236 or