get capital tour on building needs
By Matt Kelly
of the House of Delegates Appropriations Committee made a quick
tour of several University facilities Sept. 18 in anticipation
of funding requests in the coming legislative session.
by University President
John T. Casteen III and Colette Sheehy, vice
president for management and budget, the tours, through Cocke
Hall and New Cabell Hall for the College
of Arts & Sciences and the Thornton Hall clean room and
nanotechnology lab for the School
of Engineering and Applied Science, highlighted the deficiencies
of the buildings. The tour was capped with a lunch at Carrs
legislative delegation toured several colleges in the state over
several days to review their capital requirements.
greeted the group in the Rotunda and outlined briefly the Universitys
plans for renovation and new construction.
the years 2002 through 2004, the University is looking at $469
million in capital projects, of which 72 percent would be raised
through donations, grants, contracts and other private sources,
Sheehy said. She told the legislators that the University is still
looking for some state support in its efforts.
University has submitted its capital requirements to the governor,
who will sift through them for inclusion in the budget he will
release for the legislators in December. She said there will also
be an opportunity in January for U.Va. to appeal to the legislature
if part of the request has been omitted.
told the legislators that many of the changes required in existing
buildings are inside the walls wiring, plumbing, air circulation
as well as renovating the visible space. She pointed to
the changes in education that computers have generated in the
past 20 years and said that buildings such as New Cabell Hall,
built in the 1950s, offer challenges to the modern academic environment.
also stressed the importance of investing money in new research
facilities so the University will be poised to take advantage
of federal research funds. Sheehy stressed that investing money
in the Universitys research operations would have returns
for the state through business and jobs, and bring existing businesses
into the state, as well as additional research money.
Board of Visitors Buildings
and Grounds Committee may discuss some of the capital outlay projects
at its Oct. 10 meeting.