January 16, 2014
The rotunda is one of the most prominent buildings on UVa's grounds and many at the University want it to become the center of academic activity and student life. With the help of renovations that will come to life in the coming years.
“A building like this after forty plus years needs a main, major overhaul,” says David Neuman, University Architect.
The first part of the renovations included repairing the roof. Now they are moving on to the second part of the $50 million dollar renovation.
Those renovations will include repairs to the capitals around the Rotunda, a handicap accessible elevator, and an audio/visual tour that can be viewed online while repairs are taking place, just to name a few.
Students will also see more classroom space and will be able to create their own traditions while on grounds.
“I think a lot of students make the decision to come her because of the tradition and the architecture and the Rotunda is a really central part of that,” says Eric McDaniel, 4th year and student council president for UVa. “I think that the prevailing feel right now is of excitement to be here at such a major time in the university's history.”
McDaniel is excited about the future of the rotunda.
“To see students really learning and studying and interacting in what is supposed to be the central academic hub of the university is going to be a great thing to see.”
Renovations begin after final exercises in May of this year and will continue for the next two years. While repairs are taking place the rotunda will be closed off to the public.
Students who are graduating in 2015 will not be able to use the Rotunda during their graduation, but University officials hope to have it completed before May of 2016.
The renovation will be funded in part by state money and donations from the university's philanthropy efforts. No student tuition is involved in the project.
For more information on the renovations visit Rotunda Renovations