“We came up with a sort of vision statement as well as some guiding design principles,” Lemke said. “For example, [Headmaster] David Dini is very focused on making sure the building is timeless. He wants it to reflect school pride — learning to win and understanding that you don’t always win. All those kinds of words came out, which helped us understand how they wanted the building to feel.”
Lemke worked with the team to translate certain words and themes into details within the building.
“There’s going to be a long lobby running down the building,” he said. “When you walk in, people can see the gym on one side and the pool on the other. We’re also using the same brick, wood and floor materials that are used across campus. I think all of those things will give it that timeless, enduring feel. There will also be oak boards that highlight accomplishments. That displays tradition, which is timeless.”
Overall, Lemke is pleased with how smoothly the project is running.
“It’s been a really great process,” he said, “and I’m not just saying that. The committee’s leadership has been deliberate and thoughtful. We’ve moved forward pretty methodically and in a very consensus-driven, collaborative way.”