During the annual Meet the Eagles event on Wednesday, August 19, benefactors of the LIFT- Leading in Faith Today campaign, along with CJ students, faculty and staff, participated in the official ribbon-cutting of Building One.
"This evening is a testament to what can be accomplished when you create a plan, when you invite the community to support that, and you showcase the wonderful students that we have," said Dan Meixner '84, president.
The $2.5 million project was opened to students on the first day of the 2015-2016 school year. During all lunch periods that day, Meixner welcomed students back and students enjoyed cupcakes as part of the celebration.
On Wednesday, more than 100 members of the CJ community gathered in Building One's renovated cafeteria for the official ribbon cutting.
"We talked about our vision for what Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School is called to do," shared Meixner. "As a Marianist and Notre Dame Catholic School, we are called to transform young people's hearts, allowing them to become the kind of students and the kind of people God is calling them to be."
"I first arrived when my class piloted the Chromebooks and the STEMM Center first opened," Yasmin Espino '17 told the crowd. "I was truly shocked at how the CJ community had a commitment to improving the whole school. So it wasn't a surprise when the Building One renovations were announced, and to see this here tonight is amazing."
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.