Gettysburg College to dedicate new athletic center, add name to its Benefactors Wall

Gettysburg College will dedicate its new Center for Athletics, Recreation, and Fitness (The Center) on April 30, as well as recognize the generosity and leadership of Robert Orentzio, Class of 1979, by adding his name to its Benefactors Wall.

"We will celebrate the completion of this facility that has already become part of the daily routine of many members of our community," said President Janet Morgan Riggs, Class of 1977. "We are grateful to all of those who made contributions to this project at various points in the planning, design, and construction process. On behalf of many generations of Gettysburgians to come, thank you for your generosity."

The 5 p.m. dedication of The Center is open to the campus community and will feature remarks from President Riggs; James Weaver, Class of 1964 and chair of the Board of Trustees; Ortenzio, who has donated a total of $3 million to the facility; and Patrice Boucher, Class of 2010 and captain of the women's swim team.

Robert Ortenzio"I made my initial gift in 2006 because athletics was an important part of my experience at Gettysburg," said Ortenzio, who is chief executive officer of Select Medical Corporation in Mechanicsburg, Pa. "When I visited last December, I saw how well it connects the entire college community, and I wanted to recognize that in a meaningful way." He was an All-America wrestler for the Bullets and was inducted into the Gettysburg College Hall of Athletic Honor in 1999.

Prior to The Center dedication, a 4 p.m. ceremony will recognize the addition of Ortenzio's name to the Benefactors Wall. The Benefactors Wall was constructed with funds donated by Gettysburg's 12th President, Gordon Haaland, and his late wife, Carol. Dedicated in 1999, the wall recognizes individuals and organizations who have contributed $1 million or more to the college. Ortenzio's name will mark the 36th engraving.

About The Center

The 55,000-square-foot building connects to the west side of Gettysburg College's Bream/Wright/Hauser athletic facility. The Center for Athletics, Recreation, and Fitness (The Center) features a natatorium with eight competition lanes, five-lane warm-up pool and 375-seat spectator gallery; a 10,000-square-foot weight and fitness room; multipurpose spaces for aerobics, yoga, Pilates, spinning and martial arts classes; a renovated athletic training room with a Hydroworx therapy pool; and expanded facilities for campus recreation and experiential education programs including a bouldering area and climbing wall.

The CenterThe Center was constructed following a set of standards for environmental sustainability developed by the United States Green Building Council, also known as the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, and it earned Gold certification. It will use at least 27.8 percent less energy and half the amount of water than a comparable facility. The design reduces the college's carbon footprint by 2,445,119 pounds every year. The pool filtration system will save more than 3 million gallons of water annually.

Nearly 25 percent of the student body belongs to one of the college's 24 varsity athletic teams, and more than three-fourths of students take part in an extensive intramural and club sports program.

Cannon Design served as the architect for the project. The design and pre-construction manager was the Stone House Group, project manager was DANAC, a real estate development firm, and construction manager was Kinsley Construction.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition that includes Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate and other distinguished scholars among its alumni. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Posted: 4/26/10


Posted: Tue, 27 Apr 2010




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