Dattner Architects joined the Bronx High School of Science (Bronx Science), Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYC Department of Education Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter, and several community leaders for the ground breaking of the Stanley Manne ’52 Science Institute. This new state-of-the-art research building was named after, and generously funded by, Bronx Science alumnus Stanley Manne, who was also in attendance. The donation from Mr. Manne represents the largest individual gift to The Bronx High School of Science Alumni Foundation ever, and the largest gift to a New York City public school in history.
This university-level facility will allow high school students from across the Bronx to conduct long-term experiments, preparing them for college or professional settings. The building will house three multidisciplinary labs, a walk-in cold room, tissue culture room, microscopy room, sterilization room, animal room, and a multi-purpose room for special events. Like a professional lab, spaces are modular and flexible, as equipment and science requirements change over time.
The Manne Institute will enable Bronx Science to offer public high school students additional advanced research opportunities, including Summer Institutes, new mentorship programs, and a vast variety of specialty courses such as Microbiology, Animal Behavior, and Genetics. This new facility will serve not only Bronx Science students but also seven neighboring schools as well as providing support for local educators through tailored programming.
“The Bronx High School of Science celebrated a historic event with the groundbreaking of this new state-of-the-art research building. One of the wonderful things about the project has been discovering how many members of the design team, engineers, architects, and others had some connection to the school! So many New Yorkers have been influenced and set on a path by Bronx Science.” — Daniel Heuberger AIA, Principal
“The groundbreaking was an exciting milestone for the Bronx Science team, who started the design process after the pandemic changed the way we live and work. It is inspiring to consider that the facility, by giving NYC public students a unique introduction to scientific research, may very well produce scientists who invent the vaccines of the future.” — Brian Nesin AIA, Associate