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State-of-the-Art SIM Center Will Galvanize Innovative Teaching and Learning

Groundbreaking will soon begin on Beit Berl’s sleek Simulation, Innovation and Makerspace (“SIM”) Center.
Designed by renowned architect Ada Karmi-Melamede (architect of Israel's Supreme Court building), the 4,600 sq.m. (50,000 sq. ft.) structure will offer cutting-edge facilities that will benefit the entire Beit Berl community.

The new building, whose construction cost is estimated at $14.3 million (NIS 50 million), is designed to support innovative teaching methods, with spaces that can be adapted for various uses. It is scheduled to be completed by October 2022, and will offer exciting naming opportunities.

The building’s top floor will be dedicated to two unique, innovative spaces. The 400 sq.m.(4,300 sq.ft.) Innovation Hall will provide teaching and working spaces for social entrepreneurs. It will also provide a new platform for the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning with movable walls – for formal and informal activities, for individuals as well as for groups. The second innovative space on this floor will be the Center for Educational Planning, a 300 sq.m. (3,200 sq.ft.) makerspace for designing and creating educational materials, with state-of-the-art equipment such as 3-D printers, laser cutters, digitalized editing and video equipment and more.  

The first floor will house a cutting-edge Simulation Center with two simulation studios and two reviewing classrooms. The Simulation Center will be used for training teachers, as well as students in other disciplines, such as criminology and social sciences. In addition, this floor will also comprise two modern auditoriums – one with 150 seats and the other, for screening films, with 120 seats – and a flexible classroom with computers and multimedia technology.

The ground floor will house a Student Center and the Student Union, as well as the Dean of Students’ office and a cafeteria with a food court. The lobby will include gallery space and an open area connecting the campus’s main green spaces. 

The new SIM Center will generate a burst of innovation on campus. The College expects to obtain the required building permits within the next month, so that construction can begin at the beginning of 2020.

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