Walkthrough Rendering of the Schaefer Family Student Life Center, starting in the back bowl of the 1929 Main Building, into the new spaces of the terrace, Danis Atrium, Johnson Family Cafe, and Theater.
Schaefer Family Student Life Center
In June, we will put shovel in the ground on the most highly anticipated building project on the campus of Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School since the Chapel in 1958. Thanks to the generosity of Kelli and Eric Schaefer we are celebrating the largest single donation in our School's history, as we embark on the construction of the Schaefer Family Student Life Center – a space that will be the heart and soul of our student community and be home to a theater, a café, and atrium, and outdoor terrace. The Student Life Center will enhance every aspect of our student experience. It will be the "center" of the school day for our upper school students, and be enjoyed by our lower school students, our parent community, and our Sacred Heart family as we gather and honor the school we love so much.
The Schaefer Family gift has made our dream of the Student Life Center a reality. The Student Life Center will be the heart of our beloved campus. The Schaefer Family Student Life Center will be a space used by our community each and every day. The Danis Atrium will be a hub of activity for daily student life, dances, college fairs, and receptions. It will serve as a welcome center for visitors and guests. Envision our students enjoying a quick snack with friends before class or after school at the Johnson Café. The terrace will overlook our back bowl for Maypole and allow students to have lunches and dances outdoors. The theater will bring the performing arts program to the next level through a complete renovation of the existing auditorium. The theater will feature raked seating, a scene shop, dressing rooms, and a green room. From daily assembly to show choir performances and lower school spelling bees, the theater will be a staple in the everyday lives of our students.
This summer, our dream becomes a reality. You will witness even further the fruits of this important work. Thanks to the support of our $3 million donors and our community, we can break ground on the Student Life Center in June. Our momentum has never been greater, and we want you to join us. Be a part of this spectacular project. Our Turf Field, Kenefick Gym, the Rull Family Innovation Center, the Gueck Pavilion and Tkachuk Terrace, and soon the Schaefer Family Student Life Center – these are the places our students learn, build friendships, and prepare to change the world.
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