SJS Announces Plans to Build New Athletic Center
SJS Announces Plans to Build New Athletic Center

Because of three recent pledges from Mr. and Mrs. James P. Turner, III, the Thornedge Foundation, and Mr. Geoffrey P. Pohanka '76, the Saint James School Board of Trustees has voted to proceed with the design and build of a new athletic center, to be named the Turner Athletic Center.

Jim and Toni Turner are the parents of J. Parker Turner, IV '02, a member of the SJS Board of Trustees, and Garrett A. Turner.

"Saint James School represents the values that we want to be passed on to students now and for many years to come," the Turners said. "God, education, and sports. When we say sports, it is more about the lessons learned in sports; teamwork, keeping active, knowing that others are counting on you, and the importance of remaining ladies and gentlemen throughout the process."

The Turner Athletic Center will be built as an expansion to the right of the existing athletic complex, Alumni Hall.

Plans for the new facility include: the construction of a performance gymnasium, new locker rooms for boys and girls, new locker rooms for visiting teams, and improved wrestling facilities. This facility also provides an alternate indoor space for commencement and other large school events. In addition, a redesigned entrance and new parking lots will make the facility accessible and friendly to all.

To accommodate our larger student body and growing athletic programs, renovations will also be made to Alumni Hall and the Cotton Building. In the Cotton Building, we will be reconfiguring the facility to accommodate drama spaces, dance studios, and a Fabrication Laboratory (Fab Lab). In Alumni Hall, a new gymnasium floor will be installed as well as a new fitness center. The new fitness center will include upgraded equipment and will be larger in size to give our student-athletes more space to train.

The School is working with MSB Architects of Hagerstown to design the building. The firm has also designed the Pohanka Fine Arts Center, which is currently under construction behind Claggett Hall.

"With the construction of these two very much needed new buildings, our campus will be greatly enhanced," said Father Dunnan. "Our arts and athletic programs will benefit greatly from these two beautiful state-of-the-art buildings."

These capital projects are a significant investment in arts and athletics at Saint James, and we are proud to announce that we have raised $13 million toward the $17 million total. The School is seeking additional supporters for the remaining funds.

If you are interested in making a gift to support the Turner Athletic Center, Pohanka Fine Arts Center, or renovation of the Cotton Building, please contact Margaret McGuigan, Director of Development, at 301-733-9330 ext. 3069 or mmmcguigan@stjames.edu. Gifts of any size are welcome and greatly appreciated, and they can be made with a three to five year pledge. Naming opportunities are available for gifts of $50,000 or more.

We are grateful for your gift in support of Saint James School.


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