committee OK's renovations, additions
& Spencer Architects
& Spencer Architects A schematic drawing of the Law School's
proposed new Student and Faculty Center, as seen from Spies
By Dan Heuchert
home for the art history program and new dining space for the
School of Law were
among the projects to get the thumb's up from the Board
of Visitors' Buildings and Grounds Committee, which met Nov.
panel also approved additions to the White
Burkett Miller Center of Public Affairs and the facility that
houses the National Radio Astronomy Observatory headquarters.
Hall, originally constructed on Carr's Hill as a Victorian-style
gymnasium and later home to the School of Architecture and then
the studio art program, will go through yet another incarnation
under a state-funded, $5 million renovation. "Essentially,
everything's coming out of it and we're rebuilding it," said
Samuel A. "Pete" Anderson, the University's architect.
project will involve 18,300 square feet of renovation, 700 square
feet of new construction on the west side, and the demolition
of a 3,200-square-foot "temporary" metal structure that
has been in service for decades.
completed, the building will be devoted to the art history program.
The studio art program will move to as-yet-undetermined temporary
quarters until a new building can be built for it. Construction
on Fayerweather may begin as early as next summer.
budget for the Fayerweather project could increase before then
if some board members' ideas are added. Committee chair Albert
H. Small and board member Benjamin P.A. Warthen expressed interest
in hearkening to the building's original Victorian exterior by
removing a façade from the section of the building facing Rugby
Road, rebuilding a cupola near the front of the building and reconstructing
the intricate friezes above the main entrance. The committee approved
the project, pending cost estimates for the additional work, which
would have to be paid for with private funds.
Law School's new dining facility will address two needs, said
acting dean John C. Jeffries: it will replace the aging and "barely
adequate" Café North, favored by students, and also fill
the void left by the closing of the Darden School's Sponsor's
Hall dining room, used by Law faculty. The privately financed,
$6 million facility will provide space for students and professors
to mingle, he said.
The committee gave tentative approval to the schematic drawings,
which call for the demolition of Café North, 18,000 square feet
of new construction and 9,000 square feet of renovations around
Hunton & Williams Hall. The board will get one more look at the
plans before the project is sent out to bid. University officials
hope to begin construction in late 2000.
committee also approved schematic drawings of the $7.5 million
Miller Center addition and renovation, which will provide additional
office, small conference room and library space.
building dates to 1855 and came into the University's possession
in 1963. In 1991, the J. Wilson Newman Pavilion was built as a
west wing. The proposed project, to be privately funded, would
balance that expansion with a 12,500-square-foot addition to the
east, and also renovate 18,300 square feet of the existing structure.
committee gave final approval to a $7.4 million, 31,000-square-foot
addition to the NRAO building at the base of Observatory Hill.
The project will be funded with bonds, to be repaid from the NRAO's
20-year lease. The space will allow the NRAO to consolidate its
staff into one building and house a new research effort.
In an earlier meeting Nov. 17, the Board of Visitors approved
a 4 percent raise for Medical Center employees after hearing
that the operating margin was 3.9 percent for the first quarter
of the fiscal year 1999-2000.
board gave President John T. Casteen III a "positive evaluation"
for his job performance and a 6.25 percent salary increase,
with a $15,000 bonus, at its executive committee meeting Nov.
The state portion of Casteen's salary will go up to $142,221,
effective Nov. 25, with a 5 percent bonus of $6,693. The privately
funded portion of his salary will be $177,212 and the bonus
$8,339. He also will get deferred compensation worth $45,000.
L. Jay Lemons, the chancellor of the University's College at
Wise, will also receive a 6.25 percent raise, totalling $106,165
in state salary, with a bonus of nearly $5,000, and in private
funds, an additional $53,551 and $2,520 bonus.