Buildings and Grounds Committee Renames Maury Hall, Discusses 2022 Major Capital Plan Revisions – The Cavalier Daily


The Board of Visitors’ Buildings and Grounds Committee met Thursday at 2 p.m. to approve the Maury Hall renaming, discuss major capital plan revisions and hear about sustainability initiatives at the University.

The meeting was available to the public via live stream and was held in person in the Rotunda boardroom. This was part of a two day program series meetings held by the Board of Visitors.

Committee chair Robert Hardie introduced the meeting before handing over the discussion to academic architect Alice Raucher.

The committee first approved the design of the U.Va. Encompass Rehabilitation Hospital, which helps patients recover from a life-altering illness or injury. Frederick and Associates Architects manages the project.

The proposal for the building includes a new addition to the existing Fontaine Research Park and has a budget of $35 million. The existing Fontaine Research Park consists of eight buildings housing offices, clinics, and research labs for various university departments, including Fontaine’s medical office. Raucher noted that with the addition, there will be a total of 65 inpatient rooms.

“The work will also include a new accessible and landscaped entrance to the new facility,” Raucher said.

Renaming Maury Hall and inauguration of the Keunen Garden

The committee then approved the renaming of Maury Hall to John W. Warner Hall. The building was originally named after Matthew Fontaine Maury – an astronomer, oceanographer, meteorologist and cartographer – when he belonged to the United States Navy.

Maury had no connection with the University other than delivering a pro-slavery speech to the University community in 1855. Maury held naval officer positions for both the United States and the Confederacy , and was a strong advocate for maintaining the American system of slavery. but the outsourcing of bonded labor to countries in South America. Based on this biography, in July 2020 Mayor Levar Stoney of Richmond directed the city to remove a statue of Maury from the city’s historic Monument Avenue.

The new name will pay homage to World War II and Korean War veteran John W. Warner. Warner attended law school and was elected to the United States Senate in 1978, serving on several committees and continuing to visit the university until his death in 2021.

The committee approved the naming of the Keunen Garden in Flagler Court of the Darden School of Business at the request of Charles G. Duffy, a graduate of Darden in 1987 and a supporter of Darden and the Jefferson Scholars Foundation. Duffy wishes to pay tribute to Jeannine Keunen, a close friend of Duffy and Duffy’s former schoolmate in Switzerland, who died in 2009.

2022 Capital Plan Updates

Following the action item vote, Colette Sheehy, senior vice president of operations and state government relations, reported updates to the Major Capital Plan introduced by the Board of Visitors in June 2021. No action has been taken by the committee but approval will be required at the next meeting of the Board of Visitors in June.

the development of the Major Capital Plan, which provides a breakdown of the University’s fund allocation for major construction projects and facilities planning, begins each fall and ends in June. The process begins with schools and departments submitting capital proposals which then go into a lengthy process throughout the school year in which submissions are compared against budget and space limitations.

the Capital Plan 2021 totaled approximately $3 billion. After being adjusted based on completed plans and additional projects, the 2022 capital plan totals approximately $2.7 billion.

Of the total budget of the 2022 investment plan, 39% is made up of projects that have not yet been launched, 33% is allocated to projects currently under construction and 28% to projects in the planning and design phase.

Since Council approved the 2021 Capital Plan, three projects require design approval for the 2022 Capital Plan. These include a new arts centre, additions to the design center of the school of architecture and a new building for the school of engineering. The estimated cost of these plans is approximately $20.1 million.

Sheehy noted that planning is in the very early stages for the architectural and engineering buildings.

“There is a need for additional space for architecture and engineering and in fact engineering is probably about 150,000 square feet short of research space,” Sheehy said.

Four projects — creation of an institute of Biotechnologybuilding the ivy hallway Landscaping, meeting Memorial Gym maintenance needs through the Memorial Gym Infrastructure and Accessibility Renewal Plan, and updating Monroe Hall’s HVAC system through the Monroe Hall Addition HVAC Renewal Plans – are proposed to be added to the Capital Plan. The estimated budget for these projects is $391.3 million.

Sheehy said the purpose of the Institute of Biotechnology is to serve the greater community as well as the University.

“The intention is to attract all biotechnology companies that would like to work with our faculty and establish a foothold in and around Charlottesville,” Sheehy said.

The committee discussed removing one project – the Batten School Academic Building – from the Capital Plan, as space for Batten School is currently planned in additions to the Karsh Institute of Democracy. The estimated budget for the new building was $60 million.

Sheehy noted the progress that has been made since the capital plan was approved in June 2021.

“We’ve actually done quite a bit of work in the last year, $700 million worth of projects and some of the most notable include the University Hospital expansion, the Orthopedic Center and the Health and Wellness Center. be students,” Sheehy said.

Proposal for strategic studies

The University plans to launch two strategic planning studies to better inform future plans. The first will be a feasibility study on child development centers which will aim to address the lack of space needed to support child care centers at full capacity.

Currently, there are two child care centers that serve the child care needs of academic division faculty and staff as well as full-time students. The Copeley Center facility located near North Grounds is owned by the University, while the Earhart Center located one mile on Route 29 from Grounds is leased by a contract vendor. Currently, both centers are operating at full capacity with high demand enrollment openings.

“We serve 179 children between two centers, but we want to try to look more holistically and efficiently across both sites to meet our childcare needs,” Sheehy said.

The second, a study of teaching space in the school of nursing, attempts to address the lack of classrooms and teaching space needed to support nursing students and faculty.

Updates on ongoing projects

As a final agenda item, Sheehy reported on projects currently underway throughout Grounds, such as the Alderman Library renewal, Ivy Corridor projects, and Brandon Avenue landscaping growth.

The first phase of the Ivy Corridor Project is currently under construction and will include a university hotel and a conference centre. This phase is expected to be completed in the fall of 2023.

Sheehy said that Aldermen’s Library is expected to be completed in the fall of 2023 and is approximately 50% complete. The library is in the process of receiving infrastructure updates, increased accessibility and better facilities for print collections.

“I think it’s really amazing how this addition will transform this intersection of McCormick and University Avenue,” Sheehy said.

The Buildings and Grounds Committee will have the opportunity to vote on any revisions to the Capital Plan and Capital Projects at the next Board of Visitors meeting in June.


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