The Davis Academy unveiled its completed fourth expansion at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sunday morning, Jan. 22.

The $7.5 million project, designed by the same architect behind Davis’ previous phases, Kyle Epstein, was completed on budget and on schedule 11 months after the ceremonial groundbreaking and 16 months after the launch of the Next Stage fundraising campaign.

“Our facilities must be as outstanding as our offerings,” Davis Head of School Amy Shafron told a crowd of donors and supporters in the centerpiece of the Lower School expansion, a 600-seat auditorium with state-of-the-art audiovisual systems.

The Rosenberg Performing Arts Theatre and its Kirschner Atrium sit directly behind the media center. To one side are four flexible learning spaces — two on the first floor, being used as a recording studio and a maker space with a 3D printer, and two on the second floor, being used for the music program. To the other side on the first floor is a dining hall with Davis’ first full, kosher kitchen, where Sage Dining Services will prepare lunch for students and staff every school day. Atop the dining hall is the Kaufman Chapel, with a wooden ark designed by Epstein with the Davis logo placed between two large windows looking out on the school’s new athletic field.

The ceremony included the premiere on the auditorium’s big screen of a music video for Rabbi Micah Lapidus’ “Rise Up,” featured on the academy’s latest CD, “Menschology.” The video, directed and produced by Davis Class of 2005 members Leo Falkenstein and Michael Rosenberg, features themes of civil rights and the Super Bowl-bound Atlanta Falcons.

The new facilities are opening to the students today, Jan. 23. The community is invited to an open house Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 8:30 to 10 a.m., with tours every 15 minutes. RSVP to davisacademy.org/openhouse.

Photos by Michael Jacobs