U.Va. Department Of Environmental Sciences To Begin Construction
For Laboratory Building
12, 2000 -- A groundbreaking and celebration for
the construction of a four-story, 45,000-square-foot addition to
the University of Virginia's Clark Hall will be held from 4 to 6
p.m., Thursday, July 13.
Galloway, chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences, will
climb aboard a backhoe and attempt to break ground for the new addition.
If all survive, a picnic with music will follow.
new addition will provide much-needed laboratory and computational
space to supplement Clark Hall, which houses the Department of Environmental
Sciences and the Science and Engineering Libraries.
new wing is being financed by a $10 million gift from alumnus Paul
Tudor Jones, a donor who has long championed environmental causes.
The "Paul Tudor Jones Challenge" requires the University to raise
an additional $10 million for endowed professorships, scholarships,
fellowships, field and laboratory equipment, and a general department
endowment. The gift and additional matching funds will help the
department -- considered among the top five in the nation -- sustain
its rise in prominence.
state is providing additional money to renovate the existing portions
of Clark Hall.
are already an outstanding environmental sciences department," says
Galloway. "With nearly 50,000-square-feet of new state-of-the-art
building space, we will become even better. We can thank our donors,
and the Commonwealth of Virginia for this terrific expansion."
Department of Environmental Sciences, which is celebrating its 30th
year, was the first interdisciplinary environmental sciences department
in the nation. It integrates several scientific disciplines, including
ecology, hydrology and earth and atmospheric sciences.
department has a fascinating collection of researchers, from a geochemist
who has looked into the diets of ancient peoples for hints of migratory
patterns, to people who study barrier islands, climate change, the
effects of acid rain on stream ecosystems, and many other complex
local, regional and global environmental problems.
addition to training future scientists, the department teaches undergraduate
students the basics of environmental awareness -- strongly based
in sound scientific principles -- to create informed citizens and
future leaders. The department also reaches out to the public through
public service and by testifying before legislatures and various
of the addition is scheduled to begin in the fall, and will be completed
in the spring of 2002. Beginning in the summer of 2001, Clark Hall
will undergo a renovation to create additional classroom and office
space as labs are moved to the new addition.
Fariss Samarrai, (804) 924-3778