by Fletcher Dean
H. Kaplan (left) was installed as the fifth chancellor of U.Va.-Wise
in a ceremony on Sept. 6, attended by U.Va. President John T.
Casteen III (right), along with a host of state officials and
delegates from colleges and universities. See New
chancellor installed at Wise.
State OKs parking garage
By Louise Dudley
can proceed with the proposed Ivy Road parking garage, the states
secretary of administration
announced Sept. 4.
actions allow construction to proceed at the universitys discretion,
but under condition that the university pay for all traffic and
safety improvements directly related to the garage, Sandra
D. Bowen wrote to U.Va. President John T. Casteen III. She noted
that the nature and cost of those improvements will not be clear
until a new traffic study being commissioned by the University and
the City of Charlottesville is complete.
city is advertising for traffic engineering firms interested in
conducting the study, to be paid for by the University. The study
is expected to be complete by Nov. 30.
University already has committed to pay more than $5 million for
several improvements related to traffic in the area, including a
new connection between Massie Road and the U.S. 29/250 bypass, the
expansion of one lane west from the garages Ivy Road entrance,
and synchronizing six traffic signals on Ivy Road and Emmet Street.
92 bonds transformed Grounds
A decade ago, Virginians turned out in record numbers to endorse
a higher education bond issue by a 3-to-1 margin. This support for
construction and renovation reflected a keen understanding of the
need for additional space to provide better resources for teaching
and medical research the kind that produces educated citizens
and cures for diseases. On Nov. 5, citizens are being asked to make
another investment in the future of higher education.
Levensons memories of Wilson Hall are not fond ones.
was insupportable and unpleasant. There was gloom inside,
said Levenson, chair of the English Department.
considers the 42,289-square-foot Bryan Hall, built as a result of
the 1992 bond referendum, a major boost toward a new era for the
Its construction allowed English, the Universitys largest
department, to move into new facilities, attract top faculty and
provide a modern learning environment for its students.
University projects that resulted from the 92 bond referendum
included: a major addition to Jordan Hall for medical research and
education, $14.6 million from state bonds; an addition to the Chemistry
Building that allowed the department to significantly expand its
research, $8 million; construction of Bryan Hall, $4.5 million;
renovations to Old Cabell Hall, $3.6 million; and renovations to
Minor Hall, $2.1 million.
1992 referendum provided $613 million in general obligation bonds
for construction projects at public colleges and universities around
the state. U.Va. received $35.8 million, which officials supplemented
with private money to fund about $67 million in new construction
and renovations. In addition to its direct impact on the University
and its students, the surrounding community felt the ripple effect
from the five building projects. Hundreds of local construction
jobs were added in the community, and it was estimated that 30 new
research labs would bring an additional permanent annual payroll
of $5.6 million. Full story.