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LOYOLA ACADEMY SECOND CENTURY CAMPAIGN UPDATE

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JUNE 2018


THE NEXT STEP IN REALIZING THE VISION

MEET ME AT THE I NSPIRED BY THE ST. IGNATIUS PIAZZA in front of the Church of St. Ignatius in Rome—a place where ideas, the arts and the Church’s faith traditions have all flourished in community since 1728—our new piazza will serve as a hub for Rambler life and set the stage for a renaissance in arts programming that will culminate in the construction of a new theater for the performing arts. For centuries, piazzas have been center stage for life in Italy. Often

down the walls between the sacred and the

described as the “beating hearts” of Italian cities

meets the world and the world meets the

and towns, piazzas are places where people

church.”

can gather to socialize, take in a performance

or simply take a break from the demands of

also became a place where ideas, art and

the day. Some are intimate, some are grand,

commerce all came together—where creative

some are opulent and some are humble and

things happened.

unadorned.

our attempt to claim some of the idea of that

Yet these piazzas (pronounced “piattsas”) all

“When our new piazza is completed in

August 2019, it will be a welcoming place that

will serve not only as a destination, but as a hub where people will cross paths on their way to

other parts of the school,” explains Executive Vice President Dennis R. Stonequist ’90.

“Although this new space will not be lavish in terms of finishings or furnishings, it will be rich

secular and creating a place where the church

Over the centuries, the St. Ignatius Piazza

“Our new piazza at Loyola Academy is

have something in common, because they are

space,” says Fr. McGrath, “to create a hub where

not just physical spaces, but meaningful ones.

Ramblers and members of the larger Loyola

community can come together to converse,

“The concept of the piazza is very much in

sync with the Jesuit perspective,” notes Loyola

collaborate, create and celebrate their faith.”

Academy President Rev. Patrick E. McGrath, SJ.

“The St. Ignatius Piazza in Rome was integral

that will connect our new aquatic center to our

to the architecture of the Church of St. Ignatius

West Gym, entry lobby, interior courtyard and

because the Jesuits believed that whatever

academic wings, the piazza will be equipped

happened in the church should be brought out

with furnishings that can be rearranged to

into the marketplace. It was about breaking

accommodate a variety of needs.

Conceived as a flexible, light-filled space

CAMPUS MASTER PLAN PROJECT TIMELINE

Phase One Construction Begins Our architects, designers and engineers have put the final touches on plans for our Campus Master Plan Phase One capital enhancements, and construction crews are swinging into high gear. Here’s our Campus Master Plan timeline at a glance: Piazza and Aquatic Center Exterior

MAY 2018 Site preparations began for our Campus Master Plan Phase One capital enhancement projects


in experience. We envision students meeting in

the arts at cultural happenings such as musical

the piazza to participate in after-school study

and theatrical performances, art exhibits, poetry

sessions, collaborate with their fellow Ramblers

readings, open-mic sessions and more. 4

on class projects, or simply enjoy an impromptu conversation with friends. The piazza will serve the entire Loyola community—with students families, alumni and friends gathering there before and after school events or to celebrate

Setting the stage for Loyola life: Our new piazza will serve as a hub for the Loyola community, where Ramblers can gather to socialize, celebrate the arts and connect to their faith and one another.

JUNE 2018

AUGUST 2018

AUGUST 2019

MAY 2022

Construction on our

Slated completion date

Anticipated

Estimated

aquatic center and

for general site work,

completion date

start date for

piazza, as well as

including reconfigured

for our new aquatic

Phase Two capital

general site work,

drop-off and pickup lanes

center and piazza, as

enhancements,

commences

designed to ease traffic

well as new campus

including a new theater

congestion on campus

lighting, directional

for the performing arts

and on side streets, as well

signs and landscaping

crush the pool

PIAZZA!

Crush the Pool Demolition Party Wednesday, June 27 O’Shaughnessy Pool and Athletic Lobby 6–8 p.m.

Help us bid a fond farewell to our 1950s-era pool as demolition day approaches. Join us for one last aquatic adventure in our old natatorium as we celebrate the pool’s illustrious past, take a few symbolic swings with the sledgehammer to start the demolition and see what the future holds for Loyola aquatics at this informal, adults-only event for pool benefactors; coaches; former swimmers, divers and water polo players; and friends. Food, drinks and memories will be shared throughout the evening.

For more information, please contact Executive Vice President Dennis R. Stonequist ‘90 at 847.920.2443 or dstonequist@loy.org.

as a new and expanded South Student Parking Lot

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CANNONDESIGN CHICAGO AND VALENTI BUILDERS

Bringing our Bold Vision to Life

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S CONSTRUCTION BEGINS, we’d like to introduce you to the world-class architectural design and construction firms that are helping us realize our bold vision of a vibrant Jesuit faith and education center for the 21st century. After a rigorous review and selection process, we have joined forces with CannonDesign Chicago, a global design firm with a dynamic team of architects, engineers and industry experts, and Valenti Builders, an award-winning construction management firm with a commitment to the values that are at the heart of our Jesuit mission. “CannonDesign understands how important good design is to the human experience—and to our school community,” notes Building and Grounds Committee Chair Peter J. Broccolo ’74. “Their team of architects, designers, planners and engineers has been working since Fall 2017 to connect the school’s mission and long-

term vision to the designs for our new pool and piazza. Meanwhile, representatives from Valenti Builders have brought their considerable expertise in preconstruction consulting and construction management to the table as they have worked with CannonDesign on project pricing, logistics and scheduling. We have great confidence in this team.” “Our top priority was to capture the spirit of Loyola Academy as we moved through the design process for the new pool and piazza,” says CannonDesign Vice President of Architecture Thomas M. Clune Jr., AIA. “Our overarching goals were to meet the needs of Loyola’s

Gearing up for a spring groundbreaking: In February, representatives from CannonDesign Chicago and Valenti Builders met with Loyola Academy Executive Vice President Dennis R. Stonequist ’90 (left in foreground) and Loyola facilities staff to review architectural renderings and construction documents for Loyola’s new aquatic center and piazza.

A team driven by Jesuit values: For Valenti Builders President Daniel J. Valenti ‘01 (center), Project Manager Jack Scapin ‘98 (left) and Senior Superintendent Daniel A. Nowak ‘83 (right), the task of transforming our blueprints into bricks and mortar is more than a job— it’s a mission to do more for Loyola’s Ramblers and the greater glory of God.

students, athletes, families and the larger community while serving as careful stewards of the school’s resources and creating innovative designs that reflect Loyola’s distinctive Jesuit mission.” Mies van der Rohe once famously noted that “God is in the details”—a reference to the almost spiritual devotion to detail that is required to create architecture of lasting value. This philosophy—which is very much in keeping with the Jesuit philosophy of doing more and becoming more for the greater glory of God—drove the CannonDesign team as it put the finishing touches on designs for our new aquatic center and piazza. “Plans for the aquatic center include an eight-lane, ‘Stretch 25,’ multi-use pool with a separate diving well and two one-meter springboards, which will allow simultaneous swimming and diving practices and faster transitions between swimming and diving events during competitive meets,”

reports CannonDesign Chicago Design Principal Robert Benson. “This will be a ‘fast pool,’ with wide lanes and flush-to-the-deck gutters. A moveable bulkhead will enable Loyola to host water polo games and championship swim meets in faster, all-deep water and allow swimmers to warm up and cool down in the diving area before and after their events.” The new pool will be housed in a two-story natatorium with advanced mechanical systems designed to ensure optimal indoor air quality, a suite of locker rooms with separate team and physical education locker areas, a coaches’ office, a wet classroom adjacent to the pool area and a 294-seat spectator gallery. As this $12.6 million aquatic center makes the transition from vision to reality, we will also be completing our $1.5 million piazza project, expanding our on-campus parking, rerouting our drop-off and pickup lanes to improve

traffic flow and reduce congestion on side streets, installing new stormwater detention systems, updating our directional signage and beautifying our campus with landscape borders and buffers. Valenti Builders Senior Superintendent Daniel A. Nowak ’83 has been on site at Loyola Academy since December 2017, familiarizing himself with school operations and traffic-flow patterns. According to Valenti Project Manager Jack Scapin ’98, the first signs of construction were visible in late May as the school year drew to a close. “Our goal is to serve the Loyola community by delivering state-of-the-art facilities while driving schedule, quality and value,” says Valenti Builders President Daniel J. Valenti ’01. “The majority of our key team members walked the halls of Loyola Academy as students, so this is a very personal, meaningful project for our firm.”

Learn more about our Phase One construction progress —as well as fundraising for our planned theater for the performing arts and other Phase Two capital enhancements—at goramblers.org/secondcenturycampaign.