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University of Portland Revamps Locker Rooms

May 3, 2006

PORTLAND, Ore. - The University of Portland is in the process of upgrading its athletics locker room facilities located inside the Chiles Center. The project, which is the first component of the planned upgrades for the Clive Charles Soccer Complex, includes completely rebuilding the women's student-athlete locker facilities. The $1 million project began in March and is scheduled for completion in August of 2006.

A team of architects from Soderstrom Architects, P.C. designed a 2,100 square foot expansion plan and interior improvements accommodating all the women's locker rooms. All men's, visitor and coaches locker rooms will also be upgraded with state-of-the-art lockers and new carpet.

Todd Construction is the general contractor for the build-out and facility redesign, while Hollman, Inc. will be providing the lavish lockers. Joe Hollman is a 1964 graduate of Portland and his company has designed and created lockers for Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club (Cornelius, Ore.), the Multnomah Athletic Club (Portland, Ore.), Quail Creek Country Club (Naples, Fla.), the Woodlands Country Club (Woodlands, Texas) and hundreds of other prestigious locker facilities around the United States.

"As our standards for athletics excellence continue to rise, the resources for our student-athletes and coaches to achieve success must parallel that vision," Director of Athletics Larry Williams said. "Facility upgrades of this sort give our programs the best opportunity to be successful. With a proven company like Hollman providing our lockers, quality and prestige will be of the utmost importance. We are all very excited to see the finished project."

The second and third components of the Clive Charles Soccer complex are still in the developmental stage. Those components include the addition of an artificial turf field adjacent to Merlo Field and a redesign of the soccer complex concourse.

The new concourse at Merlo Field will feature a "story wall" that chronicles the history of Pilots soccer along with a permanent memorial to Clive Charles and his imprint on the sport of soccer at UP. Plans also include new on-site rest rooms under the south grandstand and a new concession area.

Generous donations have helped put this project in motion and the University is searching for more monetary gifts to see through the completion of the Clive Charles Soccer Complex. For more information about the projects and how you can help support the continued facility upgrades, contact Don Bowler at (503) 943-8505 or bowler@up.edu.