South Lawn Project allows us to re-imagine the humanities
and social sciences and also the sciences and arts at
U.Va. Its an almost unprecedented possibility to
rethink what the liberal arts can be for the next century.
Dean of Arts & Sciences
selects award-winning New York architect firm for South Lawn Project
University has selected Polshek Partnership, an award-winning
New York City architecture firm, to design its $125 million, 285,000-square-foot
South Lawn Project.
most ambitious construction undertaking on the Central Grounds
in nearly a century, the project will yield two new buildings
that will strengthen the schools academic core and reinforce
the atmosphere of community that characterizes the U.Va. undergraduate
project also will include renovations to Rouss and Cocke halls.
An architect for that phase of the project has not yet been selected.
Partnership, best known for the Rose Center for Earth and Space
in New York City an iconic, glass-enclosed sphere
was chosen because of its reputation for collaborating with clients
to support their goals and visions.
has a distinct sense of who they are and how they would like to
evolve, said Timothy Hartung, the firms partner in
charge of the project and a member of the design team, along with
James Polshek and Todd Schliemann. It is an honor to be
traveling down a path with the College
of Arts & Sciences to create a new paradigm for education.
Partnership was founded in 1963 by James Stewart Polshek. In 1992,
the partnership received the American Institute of Architects
highest honor to an architectural practice, the Architecture Firm
the past 38 years, the firm has designed hundreds of projects
for cultural, scientific, educational and governmental institutions,
including the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Center in
Little Rock, Ark.
U.Va. plan calls for new buildings that will be designed and positioned
to promote interdisciplinary teaching and research. They will
house classrooms with state-of-the-art technology, spaces for
student and faculty interaction, flexible work areas and faculty
offices organized to promote collaboration.
South Lawn Project allows us to re-imagine the humanities and
social sciences and also the sciences and arts at U.Va.,
said Edward L. Ayers, dean of the College and Graduate School
of Arts & Sciences and Hugh P. Kelly Professor of History.
Its an almost unprecedented possibility to rethink
what the liberal arts can be for the next century.
the past 10 years there has been a 10 percent increase in the
student population, and more growth is expected. Current facilities
are already inadequate.
South Lawn Project calls for New Cabell Hall, built in 1950 and
used by 6,000 students daily, to be demolished. New buildings
with nearly double the space will be constructed on the New Cabell
Hall site and across Jefferson Park Avenue, where there is now
a parking lot.
large part of the challenge will be to create a destination and
a connection back to Old Cabell and the Academical Village,
a location at the geographic and academic convergence of the sciences,
engineering, humanities, social sciences and medicine, Ayers said,
the South Lawn Project will connect the liberal arts with related
U.Va. programs and centers to promote collaboration beyond the
liberal arts disciplines.
will come from public and private sources through the partnership
of the Board of Visitors and the College Foundation, which jointly
launched the project and will shepherd it through completion.
is expected to begin in 2003 and continue through 2007.