The WT Board of Trustees has approved a major renovation to the City Campus Athletics Wing. Construction will begin in June with completion in September. “With the expansion and improvement of this space, the school is taking a great leap forward, upgrading and ‘greening’ a highly visible, well used facility that has not kept up with the remarkable strides we have made in sports,” said Head of School Gary Niels.
The expansion includes a new, larger fitness center, new entrance, Bears Hall of Fame reception and celebration space, renovated locker rooms, and new Athletics Office. The school is making substantial investments in energy efficiency, with new high efficiency boilers that will serve the entire Main Building, new lighting, insulation and sealing, and water saving devices, yielding approximately $40,000 annually in energy savings.
The renovation comes at a time when the WT Bears are enjoying extraordinary success. With approximately 75% of Middle School and Upper School students participating in sports, teams and individual athletes have performed at the highest levels. Last fall, four teams advanced to the WPIAL playoffs (Field Hockey, Golf, Soccer, and Cross Country), eight athletes were recognized by the WPIAL for their outstanding performance, and for the second time varsity Soccer Coach Adam Brownold was named WPIAL Class A Section I Coach of the Year. Over the past year, individuals in Golf, Swimming, and Track have qualified for the PIAA Championships, and the Cross Country team advanced to the State competition. Crew has sent two rowers to the Youth National competition. The winter 2014 season saw great success as well, with WT’s Fencing team clinching the regional championship, varsity boys and girls Basketball advancing to WPIALplayoffs, and two swimmers competing at the WPIAL championship. “Now, breaking .500 isn’t enough. Making playoffs isn’t enough,” said Director of Athletics Kevin Miller, reflecting on the Bears’ advances and the determination of WT athletes. “I am so glad that we will now have a facility that supports the kids’ hard work and showcases their success.”
Part of WT’s $20 million Celebrate WT capital campaign, the Athletics Wing project will cost approximately $2 million. Fund raising for the campaign is in full swing; the school is currently at $12.6 million toward its $20 million goal.
Information sessions have been scheduled to present the plans and answer questions, on Wednesday, April 9, at 5:30 p.m., and Wednesday, April 16, at 8:00 a.m. Both presentations will be held in the Mitchell Room at the WT City Campus. RSVP.