Thanks to the support and encouragement of generous benefactors, Chaminade Julienne has been able to expand its campus with the purchase of the 300 South Perry Street building.
“We are incredibly grateful to our benefactors who continue to respond to our plans for the future and needs of our community,” said Dan Meixner ‘84, president. “This new space helps us take an initial step toward activating our campus master plan and opens the door for new opportunities to support our community.”
The school’s 2019 campus master plan anticipated future growth of the campus. The building, with more than 20,000 square feet, allows the school to consider a number of uses, including gathering space for alumni and student events, additional learning spaces, needed office space, and an auxiliary cafeteria.
This is an important investment as it will enable CJ to continue to extend the footprint of campus and remain flexible in its use of spaces. CJ will be assembling a planning team later this spring to begin considering how the building will be programmed and utilized for future use. In the meantime, CJ will continue to use the space as a lunch area for students, faculty, and staff.
“The 300 S. Perry St. building has been a great space for us since January, allowing our students and teachers to relax during lunch while remaining safe with COVID-19 protocols in place,” said Meixner. “Our team is eager to start planning how else we can utilize the unique and substantial space.”
CJ is incredibly grateful for the benefactor support that has allowed the school to make strategic investments like this. This support covers the cost of acquisition and the interior and exterior painting needed to make the building CJ’s own, a project CJ will begin at the conclusion of the current school year.
“As the CJ community continues to expand our impact on our students and our neighborhood, our campus must also grow,” said Meixner. “Strategic investments into our campus like this will only help further our goal of creating the best environment for learning, teaching, and growing in our faith.”
-- This story was published on March 23, 2021.