Commerce headed back to the
by Vladislav Yesiseyev
Commerce School kicked off its Back to the Lawn
campaign April 24. The painting above shows how the school
will look once construction is complete in 2006.
By Jim Travisano
alumni and friends gathered on the evening of April 24 to kick
off Back to the Lawn: The Capital Campaign for the McIntire
School of Commerce.
The upper two floors of the
renovated Rouss Hall will include:
n A large central entrance foyer off the Lawn.
Two major classrooms for innovative interdisciplinary
business courses and programs offered to all U.Va. students,
particularly those in the Commerce School and in the College.
The Undergraduate Program Suite and the Commerce Career
A state-of-the-art faculty seminar room for faculty and
new building behind Rouss will feature:
A large student commons that will blend the lower level
of Rouss Hall with the new construction. The commons will
include several technology centers, a student lounge, group
study and meeting rooms, and a dining area.
An internal courtyard on the upper level that will be almost
twice the size of the Monroe Hall courtyard and surrounded
by the student commons and faculty offices.
An entrance to the Academical Village and the Lawn from
the southern and eastern parts of Central Grounds through
the front of the new building on Hospital Drive.
At least 10 high-tech classrooms seating roughly 30 to 60
Three large classrooms seating
approximately 80, 110 and 150
gala event celebrated McIntires plans to develop a 125,000-square-foot
academic complex at the southeast end of the Lawn. Coupled with
the building project, Back to the Lawn will enhance collaboration
with the College
of Arts & Sciences on numerous programs.
project, which is estimated to cost $50 million, comprises the
complete renovation of Rouss Hall, McIntires former home,
and the construction of a building behind Rouss. The new 100,000-square-foot
structure will front on Hospital Drive to the east and border
Randall and Wilson halls to the north and south, respectively.
Two classrooms in Rouss Hall will be shared with the College of
Arts & Sciences as a primary location for various collaborative
programs. The College will expand into 67,000-square-foot Monroe
Hall, McIntires home for the past 27 years.
Architects of Washington, D.C., will design the entire Commerce
academic complex. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring
of 2004 and be completed in 2006.
new complex will enable McIntire and the College to create interdisciplinary
courses and to collaborate on other programs. A $500,000 gift
from John Griffin, founder and president of Blue Ridge Capital
and a McIntire alumnus, is funding faculty efforts to develop
increased integration of the McIntire School into the University
community is a win-win proposition, Griffin said.
T. Casteen III praised the plans for the new building and the
collaboration. The plan will allow the College and the Commerce
School to strengthen the academic and programmatic links between
them and to better serve their undergraduate and graduate students,
he said. I applaud the vision of our deans, Carl Zeithaml
and Ed Ayers, to create this exciting new model of education.
dean of McIntire, said, On the outside, the Rouss Hall of
the past 100 years will look virtually the same, but the inside
will be a building for the 21st century.