St. John's Vision for the Future

Over the last 20 years, we have grown our enrollment, invested in our teachers, integrated technology into our curriculum and carefully stewarded our finances. As we turn our focus to what comes next, we recognize that in order to succeed, we must build that future upon our foundation of tradition and Lasallian values.

This future is not simply about new buildings. It will be built upon keeping our tuition affordable; ensuring rich diversity within our student community; and providing what the Christian Brothers intended: an education rooted in Gospel values that allows our teachers to identify each student’s unique gifts and talents and empower them to achieve what God intended. 

In the spring of 2019, St. John's began the second phase of campus construction projects that will realize this vision for the school. 

The Center for Performance and Leadership

St. John's new Center for Performance and Leadership will be constructed on the west side of Gallagher Gymnasium, which will also be renovated and expanded. The new athletic facilities will include a sports medicine training center, indoor turf room, crew training room, team locker rooms, student lounge, athletic offices, alumni lounge and the Athletic Hall of Fame. In addition, the center will house the Entrepreneurial Center, a lecture hall and the Cadet Corps Leadership Program complex. By blending these programs with athletics in this new center, we are committing to a philosophy that leadership must be developed in all aspects of the St. John’s experience.

Constructions on the Center for Performance and Leadership began in the spring of 2019 and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2020.

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The Donatelli Center for the Visual and Performing Arts

Fine Arts Studios
In the fall of 2015, St. John's completed the upgrade and renovation of our two fine arts studios. The new space allows our fine arts program to better accommodate large projects and creative thinking. We also expanded the adjacent outdoor patio, providing the opportunity for students to use the outdoors as inspiration for their talents. 
 
Performing Arts Wing
In August 2016, St. John's opened the new Donatelli Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, including a new 15,000-square-foot performing arts wing. It added three performance classrooms outfitted with exceptional acoustic design, three academic classrooms, individual practice rooms, elevator access and enough storage space to accommodate a dozen bands and hundreds of instruments. 

Among the new facilities in the Donatelli Center are the Harlan Art Studio, Welch-Mullikin Band Room, Joe Sorge ’64 Band Office, Rev. Trotter Music Room and the Laura Zellers Strings Office.

The Cap Mona Student Center

In the winter of 2017, St. John's opened the 8,200-square-foot Cap Mona Family Student Center, which quickly became the new heart of campus. Appropriately, the center serves as the home of the new Lasallian Center for Mission and Ministry, just as the spiritual development of our students is the core of a Lasallian education. Also located in the Mona Center are the theater complex, the Gene Morrill Blackbox Theater, the Ned Veihmeyer Student Lounge and the Borger Promenade, a glass-enclosed walkway that links the new space to the main academic wing. 

Lasallian Center for Mission and Ministry
As part of our most recent Lasallian Assessment, the school identified the need for a space to support the vibrant work of the Department of Mission and Ministry and its expanded Christian Service and retreat programs. These retreats and service opportunities are an integral part of the St. John’s experience: 85% of students voluntarily attend retreats, and our students collectively perform more than 25,000 hours of Christian service each year. in the new center, we welcome students to a comfortable environment where they can explore their faith and put that faith into action. The space includes the Ned Veihmeyer Student Lounge, which serves as a base for student mission-oriented activity, four offices and a conference room for retreat teams. 
 
Theater Complex
The student center also houses a new theater complex outfitted with a director’s office, dressing rooms, bathrooms, a green room, additional storage for props and costumes and the Gene Morrill Blackbox Theater - a small, flexible space that can be easily rearranged to perform intimate plays, run in-depth rehearsals or hold special events such as recitals, lectures and small concerts. This theater complex provides our teachers and students the flexible space and scheduling they need to fully support all of their amazing work - and the foundation to think bigger. 

The Gletner Courtyard

The Gletner Courtyard, which opened in the spring of 2017, is a 17,500-square-foot renovated green space that offers additional outdoor locations for academic use and for students to gather in fellowship. Located just outside the Mona Center, the courtyard also connects to the academic wing and the Donatelli Center, intertwining the new and existing parts of campus. 

Recent Campus Construction and Facilities Renovation

In addition to these new projects, St. John's has undertaken more than $30 million in new construction and facilities renovation over the last decade. Some of the most recent examples include:
  • Expansion and replacement of the athletic turf on Quinn Field (2014) and addition of a third turf field (2015)
  • Renovation and upgrade of the Smith Weight Room (2014)
  • Construction of the Cassidy Commons Dining Hall (2012)
  • Expansion of Fernandez Stadium (2012)
  • Enhancement and expansion of Fitzpatrick Library (2012)
  • Construction of the Mona Baseball Clubhouse and Magnolia Football Pavilion at Fernandez Stadium (2012)