WALLA WALLA, Wash.—Whitman College will throw open the doors of the “new” Sherwood Athletic Center after an 18-month, $15.5 million facelift that transformed the 40-year-old structure into a state-of-the-art facility, on Wednesday, Sept. 16.

The public open house, from 4 to 6 p.m., will include tours, beginning at 4 p.m. President Bridges will make opening remarks at 4:30 p.m. and there will be athletic demonstrations at 5:30 p.m. Designed by Weinstein Architects & Urban Designers of Seattle and constructed by the contractor Opp and Seibold, the new Sherwood is a “magnificent” building, said Dean Snider, athletic director. The renovation, he added, supports the college’s pursuit of “a level of excellence in athletics that matches Whitman’s level of excellence in academics.”

Among the many donors who helped make this renovation possible, said John Bogley, vice president for development, are The Sherwood Trust, the Joseph L. Stubblefield Trust and the Clifford Braden Trust.

Sherwood now boasts an impressive brick exterior in addition to the many additions and renovations inside the center that include a larger training room, more lockers and more team-room space, a second gymnasium with drop-down cages and hitting nets for the baseball and golf squads, more dance/exercise rooms, and upgrades to the existing main gym, racquetball and squash courts.

The new indoor climbing wall, which is managed through the Whitman Outdoor Program (OP), is one of the most innovative walls in the country, said Brien Sheedy, who helped design it. In addition to be being OP director, Sheedy is a mountain climber who has scaled the Seven Summits.

New skylights illuminate the multipurpose gym and the foyer, requiring less energy use, and the new brick exterior not only makes Sherwood’s appearance more like the rest of the campus buildings, but it also adds to energy efficiency of the building.

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CONTACT: Lenel Parish, Communications, parishlj@whitman.edu; 527-5156

Dave Holden, Athletics, holden@whitman.edu; 527-5902; or Angela Torretta, Development and Alumni, torretak@whitman.edu; 526-4794