Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

June 16, 2003

Whitworth to Begin Construction on Landmark New Academic Building

Whitworth College's Board of Trustees has authorized construction to begin on a landmark academic building that will occupy a prime location at the heart of the north-Spokane campus and will connect to the larger community through the academic, research and service programs it houses.

Construction on the $7.1 million Weyerhaeuser Hall project will begin by the end of June and is expected to be completed by the beginning of the fall term in September 2004. The building architect is 3E Design Group, with conceptual design services provided by Sasaki and Associates, a nationally recognized architectural firm specializing in liberal-arts-college buildings. The general contractor is Walker Construction.

"This is an exciting time in the life of Whitworth College," says Ray Lawton, chairman of Lawton Printing, Inc., in Spokane, and chair of the finance committee for Whitworth's Board of Trustees. "Despite the space pressures on campus and recent economic challenges, the college held fast to its decision to begin this project only after all construction funds were given or pledged. And thanks in large part to the broad-based support of Spokane businesses and other community supporters, who benefit in so many ways from Whitworth's presence here, we're thrilled to be able to move forward at this time on Weyerhaeuser Hall."

With Whitworth's enrollment up more than 25 percent over the past decade, the 33,000-square-foot facility will include much-needed classrooms, computer-lab space and faculty offices. It will be home to the School of Global Commerce and Management and the departments of Politics & History and Sociology, as well as the C. Davis and Annette Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning and the Regional Learning and Resource Center committed to the alleviation of poverty.

The building will be named for C. Davis Weyerhaeuser, who contributed his vision, leadership and financial resources to the college as a member of Whitworth's Board of Trustees for more than half a century.

"I have often said that Whitworth has never had a more valiant guardian and champion of its mission than Dave Weyerhaeuser," says Whitworth President Bill Robinson. "It is fitting for Dave's legacy of commitment to the college to be linked with a building where our mission of providing an education of mind and heart will be lived out every day. It is also most appropriate for the Weyerhaeuser name to be associated with meeting a critical need on campus. For these reasons, we are very grateful to Dave's family for making this grand exception to their policy of having no buildings bear their name."

Weyerhaeuser Hall was the top capital priority in Whitworth's successful Faith in the Future Campaign, which ended last June with donations exceeding $60 million. Local business and community leaders and other friends of the college contributed more than $1 million to name the Weyerhaeuser Hall teaching theatre in honor of Robinson. Hundreds more alumni, parents, faculty and staff and other supporters have made gifts and pledges to date that cover the cost of construction; efforts continue to secure funds for certain expenses associated with occupying, operating and maintaining the building.

"We are deeply grateful to all of the alumni and friends of the college whose gifts are making this project possible," says Stacey Kamm Smith, associate vice president for institutional advancement at Whitworth and director of the Faith in the Future Campaign. "Weyerhaeuser Hall will be Whitworth's flagship academic building and will be a center for teaching, research and service at the college. We are also excited because Weyerhaeuser Hall will serve the greater Spokane community through the Regional Learning and Resource Center and the Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning."

The Regional Learning and Resource Center will be a nexus for community initiatives devoted to alleviating poverty in Spokane. Through the center, Whitworth faculty and students will partner with other agencies in research and outreach efforts focused on community and economic development in the region. The Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning promotes the integration of faith and learning through research and scholarship, training programs for students, faculty, clergy and laity, and support for study and development of an archive relating to religion in the Pacific Northwest.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Steve Thompson, director of facilities services, (509) 777-4460 or sthompson@whitworth.edu.

Stacey Kamm Smith, associate vice president for institutional advancement, (509) 777-4388 or skammsmith@whitworth.edu.

Greg Orwig, director of communications, (509) 777-4580 or gorwig@whitworth.edu.

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