Whitman to have open house at Sherwood Wednesday

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

The public open house, from 4 to 6 p.m., will include tours, beginning at 4 p.m. President George 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.

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