New Trier to celebrate opening of Phase One construction with ribbon-cutting Sept. 14

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New Trier Township community members, parents, students and staff are invited to celebrate the opening of Phase One of New Trier High School's Winnetka Campus Facilities Project at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 6 p.m.

Community members will get their first look at New Trier's new student cafeteria, library, 16 new core academic classrooms, a new culinary lab, innovative collaboration areas for students and staff, and a skylit concourse connecting the new building to the existing campus.

"We are excited to open up the first portion of our new building and to thank residents for their support in creating these wonderful new spaces for our students and staff," said District 203 Superintendent Linda Yonke. "This evening will be a great opportunity to explore the new space and everything it has to offer our students, staff, faculty and community."

Members of the Board of Education, administration, community and students and faculty will make brief remarks at the ribbon-cutting, after which attendees may enjoy small bites and take self-guided tours of the new building. Docents will be available at highlighted stops to provide more information about specific areas.

Phase One included the demolition of the 1931 Tech Arts Building and the construction of the new cafeteria, library and several new academic and elective classrooms and labs. The addition officially opens Aug. 29 for the 2016-2017 school year.

Next year, Phase Two, the final part of the project, will open. It involved the demolition of the 1912 Cafeteria and 1950 Music Building this summer and construction of the second half of the addition. The next phase includes additional core classrooms, science labs, art classrooms, a small theatre, technology spaces, interdisciplinary areas, and new Performing Arts classrooms. The entire project will be completed and open at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. at the north entrance of New Trier's Winnetka Campus, 385 Winnetka Ave. The entrance can be accessed from Essex Road; attendees should walk down the new access road to the entrance.