Community briefed on U.Va.s
plans for growth
by Peggy Harrison
Ayers (left, rear and Leonard W. Sandridge (left, foreground)chat
with local residents after presenting the Universitys
master plan at a community meeting held June 17.
By Lee Graves
officials shared their vision of the Universitys growth
over the next several decades with nearly 200 area residents who
attended a community briefing June 17.
by colorful schematics, detailed maps and computer projections
of the Universitys master plan, residents listened as Leonard
W. Sandridge, executive
vice president and chief operating officer, and Edward L.
Ayers, dean of the College
and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, outlined initiatives
ranging from practical improvements to the Universitys heating
plant to the dramatic sweep of the South Lawn project.
briefing, an outreach effort spearheaded by the Universitys
Community Relations Office, and the master plan drew praise from
I would like to congratulate you all for having the superb
vision in extending the heritage that weve got here,
said one resident during the question-and-answer session.
emphasized that the Universitys master plan promotes infill
development to avoid sprawl.
the next 20 to 25 years, we can accommodate the growth we envision
essentially in what you and I call the Universitys [Central]
Grounds today, he said.
building program is expected to give a booster shot to the local
economy, creating $1.1 billion in economic activity and 1,450
jobs over the next three years. About 75 percent of the money
spent on construction will stay within the community, Sandridge
addition to infill construction, Sandridge said the master plan
stresses several principles: integrating academic, residential
and recreational elements; creating a walking environment around
Grounds; being responsible to the community and the Commonwealth
in maximizing access to the Medical Center; and concentrating
parking facilities in three areas with access to main highways.
research and health care have driven growth over the last decade,
Sandridge said, enrollment will be a third stimulus in the next
decade. Education officials have predicted statewide growth of
nearly 32,000 additional students by 2010, and U.Va. can expect
anywhere from 400 to 700 more students over the next six or seven
up with student growth has been one of the prime motivations driving
the South Lawn project, Ayers said. The $160 million initiative,
which envisions a plaza extending south from Old Cabell Hall with
a terrace crossing Jefferson Park Avenue to a tiered ensemble
of buildings, will create more than 300,000 square feet of space
to accommodate 12,000 student visits per day.
is where much of the teaching of the University will take place,
It also opens the southern part of the University to the community,
providing a much more welcoming approach than the brick walls
and traffic snarls that greet visitors.
and Sandridge both warned residents that the timing of many projects
depends on funding, so tying construction to specific dates is
raised during the question-and-answer period ranged from federal
funding for road projects to the need for student housing. Marcia
Childress, chairwoman-elect of the Faculty
Senate, asked if there were any plans for a conference center.
Sandridge said one was not in the immediate plans and the University
would look to the private sector, with facilities such as the
Omni or Boars Head, for accommodations.
In addition to the South Lawn, some of the major projects,
with status, costs and expected completion dates, are at
(For more details, see the master plan Web site at http://www.virginia.edu/architectoffice/masterplan.html)
Under construction Ivy/Emmet street garage, $15.7
million, October 2003;
Emmet Street pedestrian bridge, $3.2 million, December 2003;
the John Paul Jones Arena (which includes a parking garage
and stormwater management work), $129.8 million, June 2006.
In design (Awaiting full funding) Performing Arts
Center, $47 million, January 2007.
n In design Fayerweather Hall renovation,
$5.4 million, July 2005; Studio Art Building, $12.5 million,
In design (Awaiting full funding) Campbell Hall addition
(date to be determined).
Under construction Special Collections Library,
$26 million, March 2004.
In design Cocke Hall renovation, $6 million, December
In design (Awaiting full funding) Rouss Hall renovation
and expansion, $43
million (date to be determined).
Under construction Hospital expansion, $58 million,
In design South parking garage, $8.2 million, June
improvements to main heating plant, $50 million, February
In design (Awaiting full funding) Medical Research
million (date to be determined).
Under construction Clark Hall renovation and addition,
$39 million, June 2003; Materials Research Science &
Engineering Center, $38.9 million, December 2005.
Under construction Aquatics & Fitness Center
addition, $10.4 million,
January 2004; Observatory Hill dining
facility, $22 million, July 2004; National Radio Astronomy
Observatory addition and renovation, $8.9 million, October