Centre’s Sutcliffe Hall undergoes transformation
Centre athletics administrators and staff recently unveiled improvements completed in Sutcliffe Hall, the college’s main athletics facility. The renovation project included the revamping of seven locker rooms, including nearly 300 new lockers, three hallways in the first floor of Sutcliffe, the athletic training room, the laundry room, the coaches locker room, and a new team room for meetings and special events.
“The work that was just completed to the back 10,000 square feet of Sutcliffe Hall is nothing short of an amazing transformation,” Centre Athletics Director Brad Fields said. “This critical project was made possible by our tremendously generous alumni and friends, as well as the addition of the South Fields Soccer and Locker Room Facility project. With added locker room space coming to South Fields, we were able to rethink how we might use our existing space in Sutcliffe, and, with the financial support of our donors, we made this new space first-class.”
The project is being funded entirely from private gifts, including a generous lead gift from an anonymous donor.
“Our locker room space was once thought of as a recruiting liability but now is seen by our coaching staff as a huge recruiting asset,” Fields said. “I’m excited for our current student-athletes as well as for the future of Centre Athletics.”
The improved locker rooms will serve 12 Centre programs and now feature new lockers, carpeting, showers, restrooms, wireless internet capability, sound systems and air conditioning in each locker room. Five of the seven locker rooms previously did not have air conditioning.
The new carpets feature the newly branded Centre “C” logo, while the new Colonel graphic can be found on each of the new lockers. Each locker room is designated with freshly designed acrylic signs featuring the sport-specific branding for that respective program’s locker room, as well.
“Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn’t single out some folks for our expression of deep gratitude,” Fields said. “David Jones served as our project manager, Jenelle Anthony designed all the graphics in house and Andrew Gavin coordinated our branding efforts. Facilities Manager Sonny Evans, with his expertise, is overseeing our athletic facilities, as well as Wayne King and Scott Messer from campus facilities management and Ann Smith from the finance office—all were important partners in this aggressively timed project.
“I would also like to thank other individuals from various campus departments who contributed to this work, including First Lady Susie Roush, Milton Riegelman, Sheldon Tapley, Michael Strysick and Robert Boag,” he continued. “And of course, without the generosity of our anonymous lead donor and the support of President John Roush, our project would still be on the drawing board.”
Planning of the renovation project began this past spring, but the improvements of this portion of Sutcliffe Hall have been necessary for quite some time. Construction began immediately following the 2014-15 academic year.
The South Fields Soccer and Locker Room Facility project is the second phase of the transformation, which is set to be completed by September 2016.
This renovation will provide a new home venue for the Centre men’s and women’s soccer programs, along with a locker room facility housing the soccer, softball, field hockey and women’s lacrosse programs.
In addition, naming rights opportunities for potential donors of specific team locker rooms and/or individual lockers are available. For more information, please contact Associate Athletic Director/Advancement and External Relations Andrew Gavin at 859.238.5872 or email@example.com.
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by Liam Halferty, Director of Athletics Communications
August 27, 2015