SJI building science
The Board of Trustees and officers of St. John's Institute and the members of the Filipino-Chinese community attended the groundbreaking for the multi-million science and technology center and a state of the art sports pavilion with an Olympic-size pool at the SJI Ayala Campus.recently.
SJI president, Benjamin Lopue Jr., said the total project cost is around P80-120 million and it will be finished in five years, putting SJI in the map as an academic institution that is dedicated to excel in science and technology, and produce the finest sportsmen in Bacolod and Negros Occidental, a press release from the school said.
Four huge structures will soon start construction in the 5-hectare lot donated by Ayala Land to SJI, which will include an administration building, a sports center that can be converted into a theater or concert arena, and a chapel that is inspired by the Queen of Peace church design with a modern twist, it added.
School administrator Cesar Villanueva said this project is “an investment for the future of education” and a collaborative effort to ensure that SJI is not only known for academic excellence but as well as its values centered on Catholicism and commitment to a cross-cultural education as envisioned by their founding fathers – Msgr. John Liu known as the Master Builder and Msgr. John Su, the Master Planner, the press release said.
Trustee Andre Palanca said this is a giant leap to shape the future math and science whiz as he urged everyone to remember the legacy left behind by their two founding priests and the sacrifices and effort made by those who worked to put Hua Ming where it is now.
Young architect Adriel Lim, an alumnus of SJI who was chosen to head the project said he is thankful for the confidence entrusted to him and vows to make this as a center for gatherings and home of the future champions of SJI.
Quoting Winston Churchill, Lim said that while “we shaped buildings, in the future, buildings shape us” and that will be the very testament of “what a Johnian built for the Johnians.”*
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