April 18, 2012
The men's and women's squash programs at the University of Virginia have received a substantial boost, thanks to a $12.4 million gift from the Charlottesville-based Quantitative Foundation to create a state-of-the-art facility at the Boar's Head Sports Club.
The 33,000-square-foot venue will significantly expand the squash program at the University, providing a new home for the sport, which is currently played at the club level. Additionally, the facility will be available to UVa. faculty, staff and students through the Department of Intramural-Recreational Sports, as well as to members of the Boar's Head Sports Club and guests of the Boar's Head.
When complete next spring, the facility will house eight international singles courts with seating for approximately 10 to 20 spectators at each court; an international show court with seating for 200-300 spectators; two new North American doubles courts; an upper viewing mezzanine; four dedicated squash locker rooms (men's and women's for home and visiting teams); a team room/lounge; coaching office; and a storage room.
The current major focus of the private Quantitative Foundation is the development of squash on the local and national level, said its founder, Jaffray Woodriff, a 1991 graduate of the McIntire School of Commerce. "We hope this facility provides the opportunity for squash to grow at all levels in the community," he said.
Robert D. Sweeney, senior vice president for development and public affairs, said that the project is already attracting attention.
"Even before construction starts, we are hearing from parents, students, prospective students and community members who are excited about the possibilities this facility represents," he said. "If the early signs are any indication, we're about to experience a groundswell of interest and enthusiasm that extends far beyond the University, the community and the commonwealth."
The facility will be designed by Bartzen + Ball Architecture Design and Planning, of Alexandria and Richmond. Construction is expected to begin in May.