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Post by PilotNut on Tue Oct 11, 2011 11:00 am

More great news, now made official with the press release! LINK

The Chiles Family has been very good to the University... what an impact they have made!

University of Portland announces $2 million pledge from Earle M. Chiles for renovation and expansion of Chiles Center

University of Portland has announced a pledge of $2 million from Earle M. Chiles, president of the Chiles Foundation and a member of the University’s board of regents. The gift will help ensure the University’s iconic Chiles Center remains one of the premier and most modern athletic and convocation facilities on the West Coast.

“The Chiles family’s legacy of generosity and civic responsibility has made life richer at Oregon’s Catholic University,” said University president Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C. “From Virginia H. and Earle A. Chiles, for whom Chiles Center is named, to their visionary son Earle M. Chiles, the family’s long-held commitment to the University of Portland and to the Congregation of Holy Cross has been pivotal in the University’s rise in national renown.”

In the spring of 2012, work will begin to modernize and expand the men’s locker rooms for basketball, soccer, baseball, and cross country; expand space for the strength and conditioning center; create a state-of-the-art student-athlete study area; and add additional administrative office space. A total of 10,365 square feet of new and remodeled space is expected to be completed by start of the 2012-13 fall sports season.

This project is the latest in a series of recent improvements to the Chiles Center. In 2006, the University expanded and rebuilt the women’s student-athlete locker room facilities during a $1 million renovation. Upgraded weight room training equipment was added in 2008, and a four-sided, center-hung video board was installed in 2010.

“This investment will benefit all of our student-athletes and maintain the Chiles Center as one of the finest collegiate athletic facilities on the West Coast,” Director of Athletics Larry Williams said. “It has been our mantra that we will continue to support programs of excellence and provide the necessary resources to compete at the highest level of collegiate athletics. The Chiles Center is already a phenomenal venue for fans attending events, but these enhancements will directly impact the student-athletes who are at the core of our mission. It will put our programs in better position for success in recruiting student-athletes and then providing them with the best resources for success.”

The Chiles Center is home to the University of Portland athletic department and is the home court for varsity basketball and volleyball games. It also houses all locker rooms for Pilot athletes, the sports medicine department, weight training room, and a Hall of Fame room. A recreational running track circles the upper mezzanine. The Pilots men’s basketball team has a combined 38-6 record at the Chiles Center over the past three seasons.

Dedicated in 1984, the Chiles Center ushered in a new era and immediately became not only the cultural and athletic center of campus life, but a vibrant resource for cultural, spiritual, and civic events in the Pacific Northwest. The friendly confines of the Chiles Center have been graced by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, Presidents Ronald Regan and George W. Bush, Jane Goodall and Bob Dylan, Jonathon Kozol and Michael Pollan, by tens of thousands of sporting events and graduations, concerts, and lectures.

The pledge is part of the University’s RISE Campaign, which was announced in December 2010 and seeks to raise $175 million over the next several years, which would result in one of the largest development campaigns ever for a Pacific Northwest private college or university.

The campaign’s goals are divided into four major themes, each with funding targets: (1) Pursuing academic excellence and faculty funding – $70 million; (2) Providing access for all students and direct assistance – $45 million; (3) Developing faith and leadership – $10 million; and (4) Enriching the campus community and physical resources – $50 million.


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Re: $2,000,000 pledge for Chiles Center expansion & renovation

Post by pilotfan4life on Tue Oct 11, 2011 6:20 pm

The campaign’s goals are divided into four major themes, each with funding targets: (1) Pursuing academic excellence and faculty funding – $70 million; (2) Providing access for all students and direct assistance – $45 million; (3) Developing faith and leadership – $10 million; and (4) Enriching the campus community and physical resources – $50 million.

I would think as a Catholic University more money would be dedicated to developing faith and leadership. It just seems out of proportion to me. But maybe that's just me.

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Re: $2,000,000 pledge for Chiles Center expansion & renovation

Post by PilotNut on Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:22 am

Well, I think the campaign is raising money where it is needed the most; I have a feeling it is easier to fill the "Faith & Leadership" coffers on a regular basis (i.e. not during a specific campaign, and they may have been better off to begin with), while the other buckets require a focused approach...

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Post by DoubleDipper on Thu Feb 09, 2012 11:52 am

The following Tweet from Rev this morning can only mean we are moving in a positvie direction:

Looking forward to meeting this AM to review plans for $2M buildout of Chiles Center. "Wow" locker room, weight room, and training room.

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Re: $2,000,000 pledge for Chiles Center expansion & renovation

Post by Guest on Mon Apr 30, 2012 4:29 pm

Anyone know exactly what will be done yet? Besides the weight room and men's locker room, is there any plans for the offices, the box office, upstairs, the basketball court? I wouldn't mind a new design on the floor, but its extra, I know.

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Post by DaTruRochin on Mon Apr 30, 2012 4:42 pm

RipCityPilot wrote:\wouldn't mind a new design on the floor, but its extra, I know.

Considering the current "new" design is only 5 or 6 years old, I strongly doubt that will be in the works any time soon...

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Post by PilotNut on Mon Apr 30, 2012 4:47 pm

My understanding is that this phase of the renovations will be the locker rooms offices, etc... items that are HUGE for coaching and recruiting, but not really visible from a fan perspective. My understanding is that they will "bump out" like they did for the WSOC facilities previously. I have heard that demolition is under way; I hope we see details, photos, etc. soon!

The new center video boards & score boards, overall paint job, removal of the batting cages, etc. was the previous "fan" phase.

I am sure that they would welcome a donation for a new box office... Very Happy

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Post by Guest on Mon Apr 30, 2012 4:59 pm

PilotNut wrote:I am sure that they would welcome a donation for a new box office... Very Happy

Wish I could, but tuition is enough. Crying or Very sad

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Post by DoubleDipper on Wed May 09, 2012 4:04 pm

PilotNut wrote:My understanding is that this phase of the renovations will be the locker rooms offices, etc... items that are HUGE for coaching and recruiting, but not really visible from a fan perspective. My understanding is that they will "bump out" like they did for the WSOC facilities previously. I have heard that demolition is under way; I hope we see details, photos, etc. soon!
They've started moving dirt and cutting in to the Chiles Center for the new facilities:


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Post by PilotNut on Thu Jul 19, 2012 1:29 pm

The most recent updates and photos are now posted... looks like we are still aiming to have the construction done by fall.

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Per one of the contractors doing interior finishes for the new locker rooms, we should have "the nicest locker rooms on the west coast." I like the sound of that, and look forward to seeing the interiors being completed!

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Post by Guest on Thu Jul 19, 2012 1:34 pm

My only questions is what do they do with the newly renovated baseball locker room when the whole team moves down to a new stadium on the river campus?

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Post by PilotNut on Thu Jul 19, 2012 1:42 pm

RipCityPilot wrote:My only questions is what do they do with the newly renovated baseball locker room when the whole team moves down to a new stadium on the river campus?

Renovate again for the Pilot Nation Lounge?

Good question; a River Campus stadium will likely have it's own clubhouse... I assume the freed up locker room space would be absorbed by other teams... that is a total guess though.

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Post by Guest on Thu Jul 19, 2012 4:51 pm

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RipCityPilot wrote:My only questions is what do they do with the newly renovated baseball locker room when the whole team moves down to a new stadium on the river campus?

Renovate again for the Pilot Nation Lounge?

Good question; a River Campus stadium will likely have it's own clubhouse... I assume the freed up locker room space would be absorbed by other teams... that is a total guess though.

The plans that I saw in the latest Portland Magazine (viewable here) show a clubhouse down at the stadium, which makes sense because it would be far removed from the Chiles Center.

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Post by Geezaldinho on Thu Jul 19, 2012 4:55 pm

So... Are the new Merlo stands with the canopy going to Be built over the top of the new locker rooms? Laughing

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Post by DoubleDipper on Sun Oct 14, 2012 9:56 am

Always looking for something to fill the Sunday paper, today's Oregonian has an article about the Chiles Center renovation....proud to say it was an Upsilon fraternity brother who donated the lockers (he owns the business):
Fans attending University of Portland basketball games this season probably won't notice anything new about Chiles Center.

But behind the closed doors of the center's concourse, the makeover is dramatic, an upgrade exceeding $2 million that should enhance the lives of Pilots athletes, and particularly, the men's basketball team.

During the past year, the northeast and northwest corners of Chiles Center were expanded to include a new office for men's basketball and enlarge the weight room. In addition, the training room was remodeled and expanded, and the men's basketball locker room refurbished.

The remodel was paid for through a $2 million grant from the Chiles Foundation, and locker materials donated by UP alum Joe Hollman. More than 10,000 square feet in Chiles Center was impacted by the project.

"You're always looking for components that differentiate your school from others, and we feel we have done that here. This makes us very competitive with our peers," Pilots athletic director Scott Leykam said.

The men's basketball office and locker room have tech gadgets that UP officials say will make everyone's day more efficient. Men's basketball coach Eric Reveno says players are visiting more frequently since the office opened.

Reveno says it's not lost on him that in today's college athletics arms race era, new is good when it comes to recruiting.

"Kids do like shiny new things. You're recruiting 18-year-old boys, and they like to see a nice comfortable space," Reveno said.

The most dramatic upgrade came in the men's basketball locker room. It has a warm, clean feel from the wooden lockers and large white board, which converts to a high-tech smart board. Also new are bathroom and shower facilities that include showerheads for tall men.

Each player has a large wooden drawer, overhead storage, a phone-charging station and plush seating in his locker space. The smart board, which measures 70 inches across and uses university-designed software, allows players to pull up daily schedules, team plays, scouting reports and breakouts from the day's practice at the touch of a finger.

"This space was designed to help us make their day easier and more effective," Reveno said.

The basketball office is replete with video screens, the largest in Reveno's office, which doubles as a meeting space for coaches and players.

"Hopefully we can spend more time teaching and working with the student athlete," Reveno said. "I'm hoping this translates into better relationships amongst the staff and players."

The training room had a significant makeover. It includes a $40,000 whirlpool that can treat up to 12 athletes at once, larger offices and new, private exam rooms. In the past, exams were done behind a curtain. Richard Bennett, UP's head trainer, says the upgraded training room is as nice as any in the West Coast Conference, except BYU.

The Chiles Center weight room was expanded to nearly double its previous size. The most noticeable change is its brightness, as the room now includes outer windows. It is large enough to accommodate entire Pilots teams, instead of just a handful of individuals.

Leykam says the school's athletic department has no capital improvement projects on the immediate horizon, but some are beginning to simmer. Among the possibilities are upgrades to the baseball, soccer and rowing facilities. Leykam said someday he would like to upgrade seating and the scoreboard at Merlo Field, as well as add a video board.

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Post by Geezaldinho on Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:47 am

Interesting tidbit at the end.

The new baseball stadium is undoubtedly the upgrade there.

An upgrade to the rowing facilities can only mean there actually BE rowing facilities. I hope they think big. I saw an article on the disjointed rowing facilities in town and that there is no real rowing center, and that the current Station L digs UP shares by the Hawthorn bridge might see a huge rent increase. UP could be the rowing hub with a bit of vision.

And the upgrades to Merlo are interesting. A state of the art scoreboard and video board would be great to go along with the hd coverage UP has online. I'm not sure what an upgrade to seating means, whether it is to convert bench backs to stadium seating, or to add seating, or just to replace all the cracked seats in The current fur lined area ( almost every seat in my row is cracked in the same place. ) Whatever they decide, I think it is important to keep upgrading the facilities as they age. Merlo is in its 23rd season now.

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Post by DoubleDipper on Sun Oct 14, 2012 2:08 pm

The smart board, which measures 70 inches across and uses university-designed software, allows players to pull up daily schedules, team plays, scouting reports and breakouts from the day's practice at the touch of a finger.

"This space was designed to help us make their day easier and more effective," Reveno said.

I've heard them refer to the smart board as the "Pilot Teaching Board." Not unusual to have players lead the critque and discussions as they disect games and practices.

Kevin Bruinsma, the UP Men's Basketball Video Coordinator, tapes and live edtis just about everything and has it ready for review almost immediately after practice. Kevin says, "High effort and learning the concepts from the previous session are the goals."

This picture is from this morning:


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Post by Guest on Wed Oct 17, 2012 6:26 pm

There are a handful of pictures on OregonLive.com of the renovations. Not too much to see, but worth a look:
http://photos.oregonlive.com/4450/gallery/chiles_center_remodeled_for_pilots/index.html


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