Ravenscroft alumnus Michael Woodson '07 has been named head coach of Baylor University's mens tennis team.
The Olander Center for Student Life at the A.E. Finley Activity Center
We are pleased to share our plans for a comprehensive Center for Student Life. 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.
In August 2020, Ravenscroft announced plans to undertake a significant renovation and expansion of the A.E. Finley Activity Center, which has served as a vital and much-loved home to athletic competitions, health and physical education classes, schoolwide gatherings, commencement ceremonies and more since its dedication on April 27, 1974.
The A.E. Finley Activity Center remains home to the Main Arena, aquatics center and exercise facilities, as well as the Athletic and Physical Education departments. The renovation will bring numerous new elements to the space, providing additional amenities that enhance the school’s current offerings. The completed facility will be a 33,000-square-foot community hub with features including a contemporary dining hall, meeting areas, wellness and meditation rooms, a revamped RavenZone school store and an expanded Alumni Hall of Fame suite with a balcony overlooking Stephanou Field.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.
Updated Friday, April 16
Work on the Olander Center for Student Life at the A.E. Finley Center continued throughout Spring Break. Progress includes:
- Structural steel is completely installed
- Second-floor slab has been poured
- Plumbing groundwork is being installed in preparation for pouring first-floor slab soon
Updated Friday, April 2
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.
Updated Friday, March 12
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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