Shin Center for Art, Science & Innovation


Our Most Valuable Resource

Cost: $4 million

For over 50 years, PCDS has been the beneficiary of outstanding facilities, tremendous grounds within the heart of Paradise Valley and passionate faculty and staff dedicated to fulfilling our promise of excellence.  Further, since 2000, almost all academic buildings, libraries and classrooms have been renovated or rebuilt. While we are proud of the learning spaces our students use today, we will never stop improving our facilities in order to promote innovation and create the most engaging classroom spaces possible.

Hormel Arts Center and Madden Hall served PCDS well for over 20 years as the home for Upper School science and art classes. However, the facilities and equipment did not fully keep pace with the curriculum and interests of our students, and the space suffered from a lack of flexibility. With an extremely generous gift from a local business leader, we created a modern arts, science, and innovation hub that encourages interdisciplinary studies and that capitalizes on our unique location in the American Southwest.

Innovative science labs, art studios, and thoughtful workspaces allow our students to THRIVE through creativity, collaboration, and innovation. Your contribution to the THRIVE Campaign ensures that our academic environment remains a beacon of excellence, recognized nationally by universities as a program of distinction.


PCDS Dedicates Shin Center for Art, Science & Innovation
September 13, 2016

PCDS Community,

On Friday, September 9, 2016, PCDS celebrated the official grand opening of the Shin Center for Art, Science & Innovation, the campus’ new state-of-the-art, collaborative academic space.

Donors Chris and Jennifer Mee Cole spoke with Trustees, Advisory Trustees, and Campaign Ambassadors, who are THRIVE Campaign leadership donors, about the inspiration for their gift and the woman behind the Shin Center name. Mr. Cole, a successful Phoenix business leader, spoke about the role that educational institutions play in a city’s ability to draw top talent from around the country and globe, and said that despite not having children at the School, he felt that an investment in Phoenix Country Day School was an investment in Phoenix. Cole also explained that the name “Shin Center” was a dedication to his wife Mee’s mother, Shin Hyun Soon. The epitome of graciousness, he and Mee felt that she would be honored to have her name attached to such a facility that will shape the education of the Valley’s brightest minds.