is a time of colorful festivities, with Convocation,
the 14th annual Virginia Film
Festival and other conferences being held today through
Sunday. As busy as the University schedule is, though, one can
always find a quiet moment on the Lawn.
to replace New Cabell Hall, Board of Visitors says
Plan would recreate humanities area at south end
Cabell Hall will be demolished and replaced with a new structure
under a plan
adopted Oct. 18 by the Board of Visitors Buildings and Grounds
Board of Visitors approved a plan last week to raze New Cabell
Hall (above and right), built 50 years ago to accommodate the
post-World War II boom in students, and replace it with a 160,000-square-foot
new building with classroom and office space.
the proposed plan, one architectural firm will be hired to design
both the replacement for New Cabell Hall and a new College of Arts
& Sciences building, to be constructed in the B-1 parking lot.
A 400- to 500-car parking garage will be included in the project,
as well as renovations to Cocke and Rouss halls.
estimated cost is $126.7 million, of which $61.1 million is slated
to come from private funding, $61.1 million from a combination of
University and state money, and $4.5 million from U.Va.s Department
of Parking and Transportation. The Universitys share will
be determined after the state decides its contribution, said Colette
Sheehy, vice president for management and budget.
state will probably view the replacement of New Cabell Hall the
same as a renovation, since the University is replacing one 160,000-square-foot
building with another, Sheehy said.
timetable adopted by the board calls for the parking garage to be
built by December 2003, the new Arts & Sciences building by
December 2004, the completion of Cocke and Rouss renovations by
2005 and completion of New Cabell Halls replacement by 2006.
Classes would be moved from New Cabell Hall to the new building
across Jefferson Park Avenue while the replacement building is being
the resolution adopted by the board, Rector John P. Ackerly will
appoint a steering committee drawn
from the Board of Visitors, the College Foundation and the administration
to oversee the project.
Architect Samuel A. Pete Anderson III applauded the
boards actions, saying that it showed board members are thinking
of the south end of the Lawn as a unified entity. It is important
that the two new buildings be considered together. Its
our back door, Anderson said.
is the most important step the University has taken in my time,
he said. New Cabell Hall opened in 1951 the same year Anderson
started school here.
on Unocal investments
presentation by Abby Fifer, the Student Council president, and Andrew
Price, president of the Free Burma Coalition, loomed as a possibly
controversial entry on the Board of Visitors agenda Oct. 19.
For months, the student groups had lobbied the board and University
administration, urging the University to divest its financial stake
in Unocal, an oil company whose business practices in Burma are
under fire from many human rights groups.
Oct. 12, the University announced that it had sold its shares of
Unocal stock, and though the previously scheduled appearance by
Fifer and Price remained on the agenda, it ended up being far more
cordial than confrontational.
opened with a goodwill gesture, passing around a cup
full of Student Council pens. She gave a thorough-but-quick rundown
of Student Council activities, then took up the Unocal matter. Fifer
and Price asked the board to consider adopting an ethical investment
policy, perhaps to include an advisory panel of students, faculty
and administrators. They suggested that the board establish a code
of conduct for the Universitys outside investment firms, and
said that if the University chose not to divest its interests in
companies engaging in ethically questionable practices, it could
support shareholder resolutions that addressed the conduct. Full