Dedication Ceremony Planned for U.Va.'s Bavaro Hall on Friday

July 14, 2010

July 14, 2010 — The University of Virginia's Curry School of Education will dedicate Bavaro Hall on Friday. The dedication begins at 11 a.m. at 417 Emmet St., in the courtyard between Bavaro and Ruffner halls.

Bavaro Hall was designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects. The Curry School is now represented by a facility that is more consistent with the original architectural style of Jefferson's university than is the 1970s-era Ruffner Hall. Encompassing just shy of 65,000 square feet, Bavaro Hall nearly doubles the Curry School's work space and enables the school to house in one complex faculty, education research scientists and students now conducting their research, teaching and outreach work in off-Grounds locations.

The $37.4 million building, paid for with private funds, includes 55 individual faculty offices, 10 conference rooms, five program area suites, four administrative suites, a great room lecture hall, and a two-story atrium designed as a central gathering area. Connected to Ruffner Hall via two covered walkways, Bavaro Hall is designed to attract students and encourage interactions among each other and with faculty in ways that will increase opportunities for collaborative learning and innovative problem solving.

"The opening of Bavaro Hall is a truly transformative moment in the history of the Curry School," Dean Robert C. Pianta said. "Bavaro Hall creates for us the possibility of new and deeper collaborations within the school itself and stronger connections with our colleagues across Grounds for academics and research. It also opens up for us the opportunity to develop truly interdisciplinary training and clinical services to children and families in the region," he said, referring to the Sheila C. Johnson Center for Human Services.

The center, established by newly appointed Board of Visitors member Sheila C. Johnson, will bring together four of the school's renowned evaluation and treatment clinics for the first time, creating a unique environment for research and integrated, multidisciplinary clinical services for individuals of all ages. Those clinics will include the Personal and Career Development Center, the Center for Clinical Psychology, the McGuffey Reading Center and the Speech-Language-Hearing Center. This center will become the premier psycho-educational treatment center in Virginia, allowing parents to bring their children to one location for an array of assessments and services.

President John T. Casteen III and Pianta will speak at the dedication. The event will be the last dedication ceremony Casteen will officiate before stepping down on Aug. 1.

Also speaking will be Daniel M. Meyers, whose $22 million gift kicked off the Bavaro Hall capital campaign. Meyers requested to name the building in honor of his friend and mentor, Anthony "Wally" D. Bavaro, a teacher for 42 years in the Boston area, who was formerly a National Football League player for the San Francisco 49ers.

"His remarkable personal commitment to his students and their community should serve as a guide to our aspirations now and in the future," Meyers said.

Bavaro's widow, Christine, will attend the dedication.

Tours of Bavaro Hall will begin at 10 a.m., and a reception will follow the 11 a.m. ceremony. The media is welcome to attend.

Additional dedication ceremonies for Bavaro Hall are being planned this fall, including a community celebration on Sept. 24.