The first day of school for the 2015-2016 school year was also a day to celebrate the opening of Building One. Renovations to Building One, originally constructed in 1951, were unveiled as the continuation of major capital improvements planned for the school through LIFT — Leading in Faith Today, a $20 million initiative.
The $2.5 million project was announced in January with work beginning in April and continuing throughout summer. Building One — the oldest building on campus, was fortified and restructured to accept new mechanical and lighting systems to facilitate year-round learning opportunities. Other highlights include enhanced performing arts rehearsal spaces; modernized classrooms and hallways; and a reconfigured cafeteria, which also serves as a community gathering space.
“Approximately ten years ago, Chaminade Julienne committed to remain in the heart of Dayton so that students from all backgrounds, living in all areas of our region, would have best access to an extraordinary Catholic educational experience,” said Dan Meixner '84, president. “Once we made this commitment, we knew that we had to improve our facilities and expand our campus. It became a priority to provide the kind of learning opportunities that would greatly elevate the experience for our students and attract new families to our school.
“The renovations that we are celebrating today are born out of that vision and are made possible through the generosity of our partners, alumni, families and friends. They strongly believe that an excellent education, rooted in the traditions of the Marianist and Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, must be made possible for all students who come to CJ from all parts of the Dayton region.”
"It's really cool that keep updating parts of the school." shared Nikki Gabriel '18. "It helps bring in other students and the community not just because of our great education, but because of everything that is new.
"I'm excited that it won't be as hot on the third floor for English," Katie Lehrter '18 added.
Students celebrated the opening of Building One during their lunch periods. Meixner spoke with the students about the renovations before inviting them to have a cupcake.
The Building One project is the latest success in the progression of LIFT capital improvements for the school. Two years ago, CJ opened its doors to the CJ STEMM Center — a complete renovation of ten science and engineering spaces that accommodate traditional science and math classes and the Project Lead the Way biomedical and engineering college credit program. The newly refreshed Mary, Our Lady of Victory Gym opened in the fall of 2013, and the Eagle Tennis Center opened its gates in 2011, introducing many students to the sport and establishing itself as the school’s first outdoor competition venue.
“We are living in times that demand leadership, innovative thinking, and bold initiatives to best serve today’s students,” said Meixner. “What we are accomplishing today will certainly have an impact on the success of the Dayton region. We are educating students to become life-long learners, contributing members of society, and people of compassion, integrity, and service. Every corner of our world needs that kind of servant leadership, and our community has prioritized advancing this mission.”
You can read WDTN's report on the Building One celebration here.