Selects Award-Winning New York Architect To Design South Lawn Project
4, 2001-- The University of Virginia has selected
Polshek Partnership, an award-winning New York City architecture
firm, to design its $125 million, 285,000-square-foot South Lawn
most ambitious construction undertaking on the U.Va. Central Grounds
in nearly a century, the project will yield new buildings that will
strengthen the schools academic core and reinforce the atmosphere
of community that characterizes the U.Va. undergraduate experience.
Partnership, best known for the Rose Center for Earth and Space
in New York City an iconic, glass-enclosed sphere
was chosen because of its reputation for working collaboratively
with clients to support their goals and visions.
has a distinct sense of who they are and how they would like to
evolve," said Timothy Hartung, the firm's partner in charge of the
project and a member of the design team along with James Polshek
and Todd Schliemann. "It is an honor to be traveling down a path
with the College of Arts & Sciences to create a new paradigm
plan calls for new buildings that will be designed and positioned
to promote interdisciplinary teaching and research. They will house
classrooms with state-of-the-art technology, spaces for student
and faculty interaction, flexible work areas and faculty offices
organized to promote collaboration.
designed by Thomas Jefferson; McKim, Mead and White; and Michael
Graves are near by.
South Lawn Project allows us to re-imagine the humanities and social
sciences and also the sciences and arts at U.Va.," said Edward Ayers,
dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and
Hugh P. Kelly Professor of History. "It's an almost unprecedented
possibility to rethink what the liberal arts can be for the next
the past 10 years there has been a 10 percent increase in the student
population, and more growth is expected. Current facilities are
South Lawn Project calls for New Cabell Hall, built in 1950 and
used by 6,000 students daily, to be demolished. New buildings with
nearly double the space will be constructed on the New Cabell Hall
site and across Jefferson Park Avenue where there is now a parking
large part of the challenge will be to create a destination and
a connection back to Old Cabell and the Academical Village," Hartung
said, referring to the McKim, Mead and White building and Thomas
Jeffersons original Academical Village.
a location at the geographic and academic convergence of the sciences,
engineering, humanities, social sciences and medicine, Ayers said,
the South Lawn Project will connect the liberal arts with related
U.Va. programs and centers to promote collaboration beyond the liberal
will come from public and private sources through the partnership
of the U.Va. Board of Visitors and the College Foundation, which
jointly launched the project and will shepherd it through completion.
is expected to begin in 2003 and continue through 2007.
Partnership was founded in 1963 by James Stewart Polshek. In 1992,
the partnership received the American Institute of Architects' highest
honor to an architectural practice, the Architecture Firm Award.
the past 38 years, the firm has designed hundreds of projects for
cultural, scientific, educational and governmental institutions,
including the award-winning and popularly acclaimed Rose Center
for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History in
New York City and the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Center
in Little Rock, Ark.
Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298