Sherwood renovation includes second gym, climbing wall

Sherwood
An artist’s rendering shows what Sherwood Athletic Center will look like after a $15 million renovation. (Memorial Building is in the background at right.) The climbing wall will be enclosed for year-round use but will be visible to passersby through full-length windows on the Boyer Avenue side of the building when the renovation is complete in fall 2009.

When Sherwood Athletic Center re-opens in fall 2009, it will have been transformed inside and out. The 1960s-style architecture will be bricked over and renovated into a versatile facility for current and future students.

While the brick re-face will stand out visually to returning alumni and visitors, the heart of the building will undergo a dram-atic change as well. Removing the ceiling of the swimming pool area, replacing a structural wall with a beam and filling in the pool will create a second full-size gymnasium, said Peter Harvey ’84, treasurer and chief financial officer. The new gym (with a minimum of bleachers) will be available for basketball, volleyball, soccer and indoor batting practice.

The locker space, built when the college had a football team and very few women’s sports, will be renovated to meet current athletic needs; the training room area will be enlarged; two multipurpose rooms for aerobics, dance and tae kwon do-style activities will be added; a team audiovisual room will be created and office space expanded.

The new entrance will feature a Hall of Fame atrium to honor Whitman’s former athletes. The new facility also will feature an elevator to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and an improved, enclosed climbing wall.

The Sherwood renovation is Phase Two of Whitman’s athletic upgrade, said Dean Snider, director of athletics. “The Baker Ferguson Fitness Center addressed the fitness center and aquatic needs of the college. The Sherwood renovation will provide gymnasium and court facilities, multipurpose room, training room and office space needed.” This upgrade is one example of ways the college is enhancing the competitive capabilities of Whitman athletics, Snider added.

Construction around the existing large gymnasium will be completed by mid-August 2008 for varsity basketball and volleyball practices and competition