Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

May 23, 2006

Whitworth Demolishing Two Buildings May 24 to Make Way for New Residence Hall

WHAT: Whitworth will demolish two small residence halls to make way for a new 160-bed residence hall being constructed on the northeast end of campus. Charis and Hobjob halls are two of six small residence halls, known collectively as the Village, which were constructed in 1972. Featuring a smaller, quieter environment and a mix of single-bed and double rooms, the Village has offered a variety of themed residence-life programs over the years. Most recently, the Village has housed primarily first-year students.

The two buildings are being torn down to provide access to Duvall Hall. Named for renowned Whitworth Professor Emeritus of History Fenton Duvall, the new residence hall will increase the college's housing capacity by about 100 beds to accommodate Whitworth's 33 percent full-time undergraduate enrollment growth over the past decade. The 44,000-square-foot, $7.8 million building is scheduled to open in September 2006.

WHO: Talisman Constructions Services will handle the demolition for Walker Construction, general contractor on the Duvall Hall project.

WHEN: Noon-3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24, 2006

WHERE: The Village residence halls on the northeast end of Whitworth's campus

Note: Whitworth's main entrance on Hawthorne Road is closed for improvements. Please use the second entrance on west Hawthorne Road.


Steve Thompson, director of capital projects, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4460 or

Greg Orwig, director of communications, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4580 or

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