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The Olander Center for Student Life at the A.E. Finley Activity Center

In recognition of the generosity of lead donors Michael and Candace Olander, we are pleased to announce the Olander Center for Student Life at the A.E. Finley Activity Center. This exciting project — a continuation of the institution’s proud legacy of strategic and visionary leadership — promises to be transformational for our community of learners and leaders.


Sept. 24, 2021

Sept. 3, 2021

Thanks to Chris Farrow for this video! 

Aug. 17, 2021

Drone footage, Aug. 10, 2021

Drone footage, Aug. 10, 2021

 July, 2021

Friday, April 16, 2021

Friday, April 2, 2021

A few weeks ago, we shared that students, faculty and staff had been invited to sign three of the beams going into the new Olander Center for Student Life at the A.E. Finley Activity Center.

Enjoy a video of the “topping out” using the signed beams! Last week, those beams were lowered into place above what will be the new dining hall, and contractors have moved on to new phases of the center’s construction.

Friday, March 12, 2021

You’ve seen the fly-through video and enjoyed frequent updates from the construction site, but here’s your chance to hear first-hand from the architectural and design team working on the Olander Center for Student Life at the A.E. Finley Activity Center about the truly transformational space taking shape on campus!

This half-hour presentation to Upper School students made Friday, March 6,  covers everything from the new construction’s footprint to its landscaping and interior design aesthetic.

Watch now! 

March 5, 2021

Students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to leave a permanent mark on this project! Painted steel beams, ready for Ravens' signatures, have been placed in front of each division and will be the final three beams installed in the project.

Construction companies hold "Topping Out" events to mark the moment the final beam is placed, and our project is no different. Stay tuned for more updates!

With the latest milestones in  construction, the size and scope of the Olander Center for Student Life at the A.E. Finley Activity Center are coming into focus:

  • Structural steel is going up.
  • Decking is on the roof of the new kitchen and dining hall.
  • The elevator shaft is finished.
  • Concrete walls for the stairway from the football field have been poured.

Jan. 22, 2021

Jan. 4

Dec. 8

Oct. 16, 2020

Following the demolition of the front side of the A.E. Finley Activity Center late last month, our project partners have been working to clear debris and prepare the site for new construction.

Enjoy this new video from overhead that truly brings into focus the scope of the plans for the new Center for Student Life at the A.E. Finley Activity Center.

 Oct. 6, 2020

Sept. 23, 2020

Sept. 18, 2020

Enjoy this video, taken by Director of Buildings & Grounds Chris Farrow, that captures the excitement (and noise) of the demolition.

In this video by Buildings & Grounds’ Chris Farrow, meet the team working on the new Center for Student Life and take a stroll through the currently closed portions of the A.E. Finley Activity Center for a peek at preparations for demolition and construction.

Features include

  • Elegant, light-filled entry
  • Full-service Middle and Upper School Dining Hall that seats 350
  • Private 30-person dining and meeting room
  • Study areas and classrooms
  • Concessions serving the Main Arena
  • Spacious conference room
  • Sports Medicine and trainer workroom
  • Studio for yoga, meditation and other wellness programs
  • Revamped RavenZone school store
  • Expanded Alumni Hall of Fame suite

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