New art/band center announced

St. John Vianney High School announced Wednesday the construction of a new home for the school’s art and band programs that is expected to be completed early in the 2018-19 school year.

Vianney will renovate a building that is already part of the North Athletic Complex and turn that space into a state-of-the-art home for the school’s art and band programs.

“This is an exciting project for Vianney because it provides our students a great opportunity to expand their musical and artistic talents,” Vianney President Mike Loyet said. “Both the band room and art room are designed to expand the curricular and co-curricular offerings to our young men. The new space along with our knowledgeable and dedicated teachers will enhance the creative aspect of our academic program.”

The building, which already includes a locker room, concession stand and restrooms, will turn an area previously used for storage into a pair of 2,400-square foot rooms for the art and band programs along with two restrooms. There will also be an outside patio area for students.

“The new fine arts facility will provide an incredible music experience for our musicians,” said Alex Borje, Vianney’s band director. “It will be built to model college rehearsal rooms, with acoustically-minded floors, walls and ceiling. We will have two small and one large soundproof practice rooms so that we can split into sectionals. Finally, we will have state of the art recording equipment, speakers, and instrument lockers. All of these features will make our music facilities competitive and provide our students with an impressive place to call home.”

The new art room will more than double the space available in the current art room. It will include a large studio area, a separate room for a kiln as well as a room for pottery wheels. There will also be sinks, storage area and access to the patio for outdoor projects.

The new art and band center is scheduled to be completed by late August.

“Vianney is so appreciative of our donors who continually support our efforts to provide an excellent Catholic, Marianist education,” Loyet said. “The new Art Center space along with the renovation of the Cure of Ars Chapel, the STEM labs, the classrooms and hallways remodel, North Athletic Complex and technology upgrades have all been completed without the need to borrow or use tuition dollars. The Vianney family is so blessed to have generous partners who support our mission in all aspects of student formation.”