Kellogg House, First of New Wave of Student Housing, to be Dedicated

September 25, 2008

September 25, 2008 — Kellogg House, the first of the next wave of first-year residence halls at the University of Virginia — incorporating cutting-edge technology, more social space and some of the best views in Charlottesville — will be dedicated Monday at 3 p.m.

President John T. Casteen III will speak. Tours of the building, located at 579 McCormick Road on Observatory Hill, will be available after the dedication ceremony.

The building was named after the late Robert Kellogg, a former dean of Arts & Sciences, English professor, renowned scholar of Icelandic studies and a driving force behind Brown Residential College, who died in 2004. His widow, Joan Kellogg, and their daughter, Elizabeth Kellogg, will attend the dedication.

Kellogg House, built for $18.8 million, opened in August. It supports both wired and wireless Internet connections, and contains more classroom, quiet study and social space than previous residence houses. It also features room-by-room temperature controls and a popular system that allow students to monitor the status of machines in the laundry room from their computers.

The residents have expressed their pride in their new home by hanging large red Ks around the building.

Kellogg House is the first of seven new dorms planned for the Observatory Hill area, replacements for 11 current residence halls. Dobie House, the first to be demolished, is scheduled to come down next summer and the next new residence hall should open in 2011.

The cycle of residence hall construction and demolition should be completed in 2017.

Kellogg House will be used as a model for the later buildings, but they will not be exact copies.

— By Matt Kelly