The future School of Education building received good news when members of the Virginia General Assembly approved $5.4 million for the project to move forward with planning and design.
The funding for the School of Education will allow the university to stay on schedule with planning the new facility, as well as fund any demolition work associated with constructing the academic building at the site of the former Sentara Williamsburg Community Hospital on Monticello Avenue. The university is planning to construct a new 109,000 square foot School of Education facility, to open in 2010, at the site of the former hospital. The university requested the $5.4 million as a budget amendment to the current biennial budget to fund planning and demolition costs associated with the new building.
The new facility represents an investment into the next generation of educators said McLaughlin, dean of the school of education. The school currently serves more than 20,000 educators and administrators across the state through training and technical assistance activities. That number to only increase with a new facility, which will also serve roughly 90 faculty and staff, 150 undergraduate and 650 graduate students, McLaughlin said.
- Cost: $7.2 million (Project budget action is pending in the 2008 General Assembly)
- New GSF: 109,000
- Start Date: Fall 2008
- Finish Date: May 2010
- Design Team: Sasaki Associates, Inc.
- Contractor: Barton Malow Company
- Progress: Occupancy was achieved May 17th and a pedestrian pathway connecting the site to the main campus at the Recreation Sports Center was opened on Aug 25th. Final punch list items are being completed. Final completion is scheduled for Sept 30th.
- Website: http://education.wm.edu/about/facility/index.php
Joe Martinez, Project Manager
Anna Martin, Vice President, Administration
Virginia McLaughlin, Dean, School of Education
Martha Sheets, Senior Planner
Bob Dillman, College Building Official, Facilities Management
Wayne Boy, Associate Director, Facilities Planning, Design & Construction
Dave Shepard, Associate Vice President, Facilities Management
Tom Ward, Associate Dean, School of Education
Jennifer Hay, Assistant to the Dean, School of Education
Chris Gareis, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, School of Education
Rip McAdams, Associate Professor and Co-Director of Counseling Education Center, School of Education
Patty O'Neill, Director of Development, School of Education