Ground to be Broken Friday for Curry School's New Bavaro Hall

WHAT: Groundbreaking for new Curry School of Education building, Bavaro Hall

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 5, 2007, 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: next to Ruffner Hall, 405 Emmet St.

After 100 years, the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education needs a bigger home. This Friday’s groundbreaking ceremony for the Curry School’s new building, Bavaro Hall, will get the project started. Scheduled guests include U.Va. President John T. Casteen III and the Curry School’s biggest donor, Dan Meyers, chair of the Curry Foundation, who has given $23 million toward the construction of Bavaro Hall.

Robert C. Pianta, the new education school dean, will give remarks on the impact of Bavaro Hall, named for Meyers’ family friend, Anthony D. “Wally” Bavaro, who played professional football and then became a history teacher and coach in Massachusetts public schools. The U.Va. Board of Visitors will formally approve the building’s name at a meeting from 4 to 4:30 p.m. in the Rotunda Dome Room on Oct. 4.

“Bavaro Hall will provide Curry School faculty, staff, students, and collaborators with a workspace that is not only beautiful and comfortable, but also conducive to being creative and innovative,” Pianta said. “I have no doubt this space will enable the Curry School of Education to become more well known nationally and internationally for work that matters for children, for teachers, and for communities. We are looking forward to having a building that befits our ambitions.”

The new four-story Bavaro Hall building will nearly double the space currently available to the Curry School of Education for its diverse array of academic, research and clinical programs.

Located in the space between Ruffner Hall and Emmet Street, Bavaro Hall will offer an immediate, visible and dramatic improvement in the ability of Curry faculty members to interact and collaborate on projects and with students. Faculty members and students presently are scattered in several other locations off-Grounds, in addition to Ruffner Hall.

Designed by Robert A.M Stern Architects, who also designed the University’s Darden School, the education building will have multiple open conversation areas near faculty offices, as well as conference rooms, a multipurpose space and a courtyard garden. Bavaro Hall is slated for completion 2010 and is projected to cost $37 million.

About the Curry School of Education

Founded in 1905, the University of Virginia Curry School of Education offers professional programs designed to prepare individuals for a variety of careers related to the practice of education. The Curry School occupies a unique niche among nationally prominent education schools in that, in addition to having a primary research mission and housing a wide range of graduate academic programs, it also administers a top-tier program in teacher education. With a distinguished faculty and 1,300 graduate and undergraduate students, the Curry School is emerging as a leading source of scientifically tested educational innovations that address both students‚ academic achievement and their emotional and physical well being.