Summer will be busy season
for University construction
by Rebecca Arrington
will start soon on the Special Collections Library, most of
which will be underground. Its above-grade portions will replace
Miller Hall (above), to be demolished in May. The $26 million
project is marked for completion in June 2004.
By Matt Kelly
will be busy at the University this summer.
projects are almost done, including additions to the Miller
Center of Public Affairs and the Law
School. Others, such as the new Special
Collections Library and the Emmet Street parking garage, are
job winding down is the Monroe Lane student residence. First slated
to be finished in June, a new timetable aims for July or August.
Sack Johannesmeyer, director of facilities planning
and construction, said the delays are related to a variety of
construction problems that the contractor, Beers/Skanska, has
experienced, including the lack of nearby open space for a staging
nothing major. Construction is difficult there because theres
no space to lay anything down, said Johannesmeyer, who said
he and top Beers/Skanska officials are closely monitoring the
students are scheduled to move in Aug. 24. The Universitys
Housing division has an agreement to lodge students at the Courtyard
Marriot on Main Street if the building is not completed in time.
is near an end at two other delayed Beers/Skanska projects, at
the Miller Center and the Law School.
the Miller Center, increased library space is being added in a
new wing. Contractors encountered some structural difficulties
in renovating Faulkner House, the older portion of the Miller
Center, said Johannesmeyer, who predicted a summer completion.
At the Law School, where an addition will include a new student
center and dining facility, a dispute over the quality of some
of the millwork installed in the building is being resolved, he
current projects are complex for a variety of reasons, Johannesmeyer
said. Clark Hall, scheduled for June completion, involves both
renovation and new construction, with crews operating in a tight
space. Renovations to Clark Hall are approximately 53 percent
complete, with the addition 67 percent complete.
difficult project is the $58 million hospital expansion, slated
to start in November. With the hospital expansion, were
building and expanding surrounded by an operating hospital,
he said. Things like that cause concern.
is to start soon on the Special Collections Library, most of which
will be underground. Its above-grade portions will replace Miller
Hall, to be demolished in May. The project includes extensive
excavation, with the soil hauled to fill a ravine behind the librarys
auxiliary storage building on Old Ivy Road. The $26 million Special
Collections Library is marked for completion in June 2004.
scheduled to start this summer is the 1,200-space parking garage
along the railroad tracks behind the Cavalier Inn. With access
from both Ivy Road and Emmet Street, the garage is intended to
serve University employees and students, as well as visitors attending
events at U.Va. The garage is targeted for an August 2003 opening.
other projects are in various stages of design and design review,
including the MR-6 medical research building; an addition to Campbell
Hall, the home of the School of Architecture; renovations to Fayerweather
Hall; and a new studio art building. Funding for several of these
projects is to be included in a $1.7 billion capital bond referendum
expected in November.
work has begun on the South Lawn Project, which encompasses renovations
to Rouss and Cocke halls, construction of a building in the B1
parking lot across Jefferson Park Avenue, and the replacement
of New Cabell Hall.
McIntire School of
Commerce has begun fund raising for a 100,000-square-foot
building to be located off the far southeast end of the Lawn,
facing Hospital Drive. Cost estimates and funding sources have
not been finalized, said Colette Sheehy, vice president for management
Grounds, the environmental sciences departments Eastern
Shore field station had been on hold due to questions raised by
a state agency. Sheehy said the University had received local
approval to build the research station near the Chesapeake Bay,
but the state balked, saying the building must be set back at
least 100 feet from the shoreline. Sheehy said the University
and the agency had compromised at a 50-foot setback.
National Radio Astronomy Observatorys addition has been
delayed because of uncertainty about funds.