Board hashes out O-Hill
renovation plans for the University's O-Hill dining facility was
one of the topics discussed at the Board
of Visitors' Buildings and Grounds Committee meeting Sept.
Sheehy, vice president
for management and budget, and Leonard W. Sandridge, executive
vice president and chief operating officer, recommended that the
board reject the current bids for renovation of the facility,
which came in considerably higher than had been projected, and
delay the project for two years. At that time, they suggest demolishing
O-Hill and the Tree House snack bar to build a new facility that
would fully meet program requirements by adding 7,000 square feet
more than the renovation project would have provided, Sheehy said.
is the most important dining facility on Grounds," Sandridge
said. "No one's more disappointed than me that the renovation
won't meet the needs of the program."
member Terence Ross was concerned that the $1.2 million already
spent on the architectural design study for the renovation project
was lost, but Sheehy explained that wasn't the case. "We
know what we need" based on that study, she said.
estimated that about 25 percent of the cost of the study could
be salvaged. It will take another $1.8 million to build a new
dining hall, but it would be funded by the dining system.
asked if another location for the facility should be considered.
Sandridge said that option had been investigated but that three-quarters
of the undergraduates dined at O-Hill for dinner and 50 percent
ate lunch there. Dining trailers will be set up to accommodate
students' needs during the two-year construction of the new facility,