University is Having a Busy Construction Summer

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June 9, 2010 — With warm weather comes summer construction season.

Several new projects have sprouted on University of Virginia Grounds, in addition to the continuing ones, and these have a big effect on the local economy.

“We will have made $175 million in construction payments by the end of this fiscal year and will make about the same next year,” said Charles A. “Sack” Johannesmeyer, director planning and construction for Facilities Management.

The economic impact to the community is about 2½ times the construction cost as the money moves through the economy.

“It includes wages for local people, money for suppliers, subcontractors and consultants,” he said. “Most of the money we pay out is spent in the local community and each dollar has multiple exchanges in the local economy.”

The amount of construction on Grounds is evident this year. (Dollar figures reflect construction costs, not total project costs.)

A section of Alderman Road is closed to accommodate the installation of water lines to serve new and old residence houses, including two under construction. The two 65,000-square-foot buildings will cost about $49.5 million and each house about 220 students.

The dorms, which will be completed in the summer of 2011, are part of a long-range plan to replace 11 residence houses with seven, in four phases, spanning eight years. It includes removing and replacing all the residence halls in the Alderman Road area built in the 1960s. Woody and Cauthen houses will remain.

Kellogg House, which opened in 2008, was the first of the new residence halls.

Utility installation will also cause traffic disruptions on Engineers Way. These utilities are to be connected to two new science buildings, the College of Arts & Sciences Physical and Life Sciences Research Building and Rice Hall, the School of Engineering and Applied Science's information technology engineering building. 

The $61 million Physical and Life Sciences Research Building will support primarily chemistry and biology research, with modern laboratory facilities designed to attract and retain faculty and students and to relieve the increasing shortage of laboratory space on Grounds. The five-story, 100,000-square-foot building, will be connected to the existing Chemistry and Chemistry Addition buildings with pedestrian links to most floors. Completion is scheduled for summer 2011.

The $47 million Rice Hall, the 100,000-square-foot information technology engineering building, will provide space for teaching and computational research and student projects, classroom laboratories, research laboratories, offices and a 150-seat auditorium for the Engineering School. The five-story building at the corner of Whitehead and Stadium roads will help to define the south entrance to the science and engineering precinct. Construction should be complete by the summer of 2011.
Construction has started on a 17,000-square-foot addition to the University Bookstore, which will expand its retail space over the top deck of the Central Grounds Parking Garage. The western side of garage is currently undergoing preparatory work. Some parking spaces on the top level of the garage will be temporarily lost during construction, said Annette Cyphers, academic division director of construction for Facilities Management.

“The real impact will be this summer and fall," she said. "But there will be minimal disruption to the store’s operation.”

The bookstore construction, budgeted at $8 million, is scheduled to be complete by June 2011.

A three-phase, $11.5 million, 55,000-square-foot Newcomb Hall renovation will begin this summer with upgrades to offices in the basement and first floor, the game room on the second floor and some third floor office and meeting spaces. These renovations should be completed by the start of school in August.

Later phases of the work will include renovations to the ballroom, student lounge and art gallery. Concurrent with the third phase will be a separate, $13.5 million, 16,000-square-foot expansion of the second-floor dining facilities, which will also provide a new lobby for the west side of Newcomb Hall, expanded seating for the Pavilion XI dining area and a new post office. Newcomb Hall will operate throughout the renovations, which should be completed by November 2012.

Garrett Hall’s $8.1million, 25,500-square-foot renovations should be completed by June 2011, creating a permanent home for the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Erected in 1908, the building was designed by McKim. Mead and White to be the University's first large dining hall, or refectory, which it remained until Newcomb Hall opened in 1958. Garrett Hall was converted to offices, and an 8,640-square-foot underground annex was added in 1970. Renovations will preserve the historic great hall as a multi-purpose work and gathering space, restore the original two-story lobby and provide administrative and faculty offices and student work rooms. 

Bavaro Hall, part of the Curry School of Education, will be finished this summer. The $29 million, 64,149-square-foot, four-story building is sited between Ruffner Hall and Emmet Street and will house currently scattered Curry personnel. It will be connected to Ruffner by a covered colonnade, creating an inner courtyard between the two buildings.

The 114,000-square-foot, $68 million South Lawn Project, which also will be finished this summer, is designed to accommodate modern program requirements while paying respect to the Jeffersonian architecture in the nearby Academic Village.

It features a 95-foot-wide terrace across Jefferson Park Avenue connecting the South Lawn Project with the Central Grounds. At the south end of the terrace, a circular plaza sits atop a commons building, with garden areas below. The Foster Site is also celebrated in the landscape, giving recognition to the home of Kitty Foster, a free black woman who provided laundry services for the University in the mid-1800’s.

Construction is under way on the $9.7 million, 16,400-square-foot marching band rehearsal hall on Culbreth Road. The two-story facility will contain a 4,000-square-foot rehearsal room, with the remainder used for multi-purpose practice and teaching areas, instrument storage and administrative space.

The Cavalier Marching Band currently occupies temporary spaces in University Hall and does not have dedicated indoor practice facilities in the event of inclement weather. The building will also serve as a unique gathering space for family, friends and alumni during football and basketball seasons.

The 12,500-square-foot, $7.5 million ITC Data Center on Old Ivy Road will be a two-story, concrete block structure designed to accommodate the current and foreseeable computing needs of the University. The data center will house a 5,500-square-foot computer server room. This project lies within a designated growth area for University support services, approximately 1½ miles west of the Academical Village. 

The $59 million Emily Couric Cancer Center, scheduled for completion later this year, will house comprehensive outpatient services for adults diagnosed with cancer, consolidating oncology treatment and diagnostic services currently located throughout the Medical Center. The new structure will be approximately 150,000 square feet, including a 29,000-square-foot, unfinished fifth floor for future expansion.

The $59 million Medical Center bed expansion will add 72 patient rooms to the University Hospital. The project consists of 12 private-room nursing units located on floors three through eight. The patient rooms are designed to be critical-care capable with a full bathroom, allowing critical care, step-down care or acute care, providing bed capacity and maximum flexibility. The six-story, 46,000-square-foot addition to the north façade of the hospital also involves 62,000 square feet of Medical Center renovations. The project should be completed by early 2012.

The 40-year-old McLeod Hall, central facility for the School of Nursing until the opening of the Claude Moore Nursing Education Building, is undergoing a building-wide renovation and infrastructure upgrade. McLeod Hall has five 10,000-square-foot floors of offices and classrooms, two underground parking levels, and an auditorium. Phase I of the renovation should be complete by December.

— By Matt Kelly