Cabell Hall, seen here from a side entrance facing Bryan Hall,
and Cocke Hall in the background, are two of the Arts &
Sciences buildings slated for renovation in the 2002-08 six-year
committee endorses nearly $1 billion building plan
concerns about the unpredictability of state funding, the Board
Buildings and Grounds Committee on March 22 endorsed a $965.2 million,
six-year capital spending plan. The full board will vote on the
plan at its April 5 through 7 meeting, then forward it to the governor
for consideration in the 2002-04 budget process.
plan easily the most ambitious in University history
includes renovation, new construction, infrastructure, planning
and major maintenance projects for the academic division, the Medical
Center, and for U.Va.'s College at Wise. Among the biggest-ticket
items: a $111 million replacement for University Hall and an associated
parking structure; $54 million to expand the University Hospital;
$46 million to build a new medical research building, dubbed "MR-6";
$45 million for the Digital Academical Village project, and another
$45 million for its associated residential college; $30 million
to replace the Bayly Art Museum; and $50 million for a new science
capital plan also includes nearly $40 million in funding for much-needed
renovations to the main Arts & Sciences buildings Cocke,
Rouss and new Cabell halls. The entire $26 million for the new Cabell
Hall renovation was moved into the 2002-08 plan; original plans
called for completing half of the project after 2008.
"Our buildings are the oldest on Grounds, and generally in
the worst shape," said Arts & Sciences dean Melvyn P. Leffler.
"There is less room per student than anywhere else. It's appropriate
to address these priorities."
& Sciences recently initiated its own foundation and Leffler
said alumni response to fund-raising appeals has been promising.
"Our foundation has really focused attention on this, and they
show enormous enthusiasm for addressing the infrastructure,"
replacement arena will likely hsave multiple uses and the parking
garage would be shared with the new arts precinct. The plan calls
for construction to be financed through University-issued bonds,
to be repaid mostly through gifts, student and parking fees and
capital plan seeks $354.9 million in state funds over the next six
years, with the balance to be raised from other sources. However,
the prospects for receiving all of the state money requested are
very dim, University officials said, particularly in light of what
may be a souring economy and a statewide accumulation of backlogged
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continues reorganization of top Health System administration
senior positions in the U.Va. Health System will be combined and
new reporting lines established to the University president and
provost later this year, the University's Board of Visitors
agreed March 22 at a meeting of its executive committee.
on the recommendation of U.Va. President John T. Casteen III and
the board's Health Affairs Committee, the board voted to establish
a new position: the dean of the School of Medicine/vice president
and chief medical officer. Casteen said an international search
will be conducted to fill the position.
have asked Dr. Munsey Wheby to chair a committee to identify issues
that must be addressed as part of this consolidation and to draft
a job description for the new position," Casteen said. Wheby
is senior associate dean in the School of Medicine.
changes are another step in the administrative reorganization we
began in November 1999 with Leonard Sandridge's expanded role
in the Medical Center," Casteen said. "Over the past 12
months we have studied the administrative structures of other academic
medical centers and have consulted extensively with our own faculty
members and administrators, as well as with outside experts.
"This more streamlined academic structure will help sustain
the progress made in recent years by the schools of Medicine and
Nursing, support the Virginia 2020 initiatives, and encourage new
collaborations across academic disciplines, especially those that
link medicine to engineering and to the College and Graduate School
of Arts & Sciences," he said.
Last month, Dr. Robert W. Cantrell, vice president and provost for
health affairs, announced that he will not seek reappointment to
his administrative posts when his term ends June 30. Full