Heave ho(e)! Assuring the crowd not to worry because he
had years of experience operating heavy equipment -- with
his, and later his son's Tonka toys -- a beaming Jim Galloway,
chair of environmental sciences, climbed onto a backhoe July
13 and broke ground for his department's addition to Clark
Hall. Renovations will provide much-needed and long-awaited
laboratory space, as well as improve the Science and Engineering
to expand its environment
By Rebecca Arrington and Fariss Samarrai
James Galloway, chair of the U.Va. Department of Environmental
Sciences, climbed aboard a backhoe July 13 and broke ground for
the new addition to Clark Hall, it was a move closer to making
a dream become reality.
The four-story, 45,000-square-foot addition will provide much-needed
laboratory and computational space for the department and the
Science and Engineering Library.
In remarks made shortly before revving up the earth-moving machine,
Galloway thanked alumnus Paul Tudor Jones for his generosity.
The new wing is being financed in part by a $10 million gift from
the donor, who has long championed environmental causes. The gift
also comes with the "Paul Tudor Jones Challenge," which
requires the University to raise an additional $10 million for
endowed professorships, scholarships, fellowships, field and laboratory
equipment, and a general department endowment.
state is providing additional money to renovate the existing portions
of Clark Hall. Galloway also recognized Dave Smith, department
co-chair, for his efforts over the past four years in championing
the renovation project.
first interdisciplinary department of its kind in the nation,
environmental sciences was formed in 1969. It integrates several
scientific disciplines, including ecology, hydrology and earth
and atmospheric sciences. In addition to training future scientists,
the department teaches undergraduate students the basics of environmental
awareness -- strongly based in sound scientific principles --
to create informed citizens and future leaders.
"It's been a long time coming," said Shirley Menaker,
associate provost for academic support, of the new addition and
building renovation. "I have only been involved in the process
since the beginning of 1996; many in this audience have been working
on it, and dreaming of it, for many years before that."
of the addition is scheduled to begin in the fall and will be
completed in the spring of 2002. Beginning in the summer of 2001,
Clark Hall will undergo a renovation to create additional classroom
and office space as labs are moved to the new addition.
Librarian Karin Wittenborg said Clark Hall's new Science and Engineering
Library will include air-conditioned stacks, an electronic classroom
and another grand reading room with a skylight. An elevator and
grand staircase will also be built in, providing better access
to the library stacks.
this era of environmental awareness, information technology and
biotechnology, our students are turning increasingly to science
and engineering and we must have the resources to train them well,
if we are to maintain our strength as a national university,"
Menaker said. "This renovation and addition gives us a good
start on these new resources."