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2014 news articles

Cavalier Fans Defend Waste Diversion, Recycling Titles at Football Game

Cavalier fans during a game

Dec. 5, 2014

The University of Virginia has defended its title in the Game Day Challenge, coming in first in the Atlantic Coast Conference ....

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14th Annual Lighting of the Lawn ‘Shines a Bright Light Into Darkness’

Rotunda during Lighting of the Lawn

Dec. 5, 2014

James Wu stood smiling on the Lawn at the University of Virginia on Thursday night, surrounded by throngs of happy students and community members ...

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What Lies Beneath

View down a tunnel on UVA Grounds

Dec. 2, 2014

Maintaining a network of tunnels under Grounds is a never-ending job for UVA’s facilities workers

Story by Sean Lyons
Photography by Chris Tyree

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14th Annual ‘Lighting of the Lawn’ to Unite University Community

Rotunda and Pavilion I

Dec. 2, 2014

It’s hard for those who have spent their holidays on the Academical Village to imagine how Thursday’s 14th annual Lighting of the Lawn will compare to those of years past

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UVA marks Veterans Day with words of wisdom for ROTC cadets

Flags on the Grounds of UVA

Nov. 12, 2014

When they march off Grounds for the final time to begin their military service, UVA’s corps of Air Force, Navy and Army ROTC cadets will be on the front lines of an important battle ...

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Hospital’s new green roof offers more than a green space

UVA Hospital's new green roof

Nov. 7, 2014

When patients at the University of Virginia Hospital gaze out of their windows, they are now greeted by what appears to be a flowing river winding through a landscape of picturesque mountains and idyllic farmland.

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Laser beams part of UVA Rotunda project

Photo of laser being used at the Rotunda

Nov. 4, 2014

About six months into a two-year renovation project of the University of Virginia’s iconic Rotunda, engineers say everything is on schedule.

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UVA Facilities Management Annual BBQ Goes Zero Waste

Employees at UVA Facilities Management and the Office of the Vice President for Management and Budget wait in line at the annual BBQ.

Facilities Management successfully hosted its first zero waste employee barbecue.

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High-Tech System Monitors Rotunda During Renovation

Rotunda with laser in foreground

As crews excavate beneath the barrel of the nearly two-century-old Rotunda to install additional shoring for its foundation, lasers scan the structure to detect any movement of the building.

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U.Va’s Lawn Named a ‘Great Public Space’ by American Planning Association

Academical village

Nearly 200 years after its creation the central green of Thomas Jefferson’s academical village still maintains its hold as the University of Virginia’s centerpiece.

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Truck Carrying Crane Inches Up the Lawn to Continue Rotunda Work

Workmen slowly move crane up the Lawn to the Rotunda

There was a nip in the air and a crane on the Lawn.

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Academical Village Building Gets a New Roof, Just Like the Original Roof

Facilities Management employee installs new-old roof on Hotel D.

University of Virginia workers are replicating Thomas Jefferson’s roof on Hotel D, on top of the original.

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From Kitchens to Gravesites: Commission Explores History of Slavery at UVA

Female slave with white child, detail from B. Tanner engraving, 1827, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

They laid handmade bricks and helped build the University of Virginia. They chopped wood and washed laundry, cared for white children and cooked meals for faculty and students.

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McCormick Road dorms to see massive renovation project

Aerial view of McCormick Road Residence Halls

Renovations to the McCormick Road dormitories are set to begin next summer. The Board of Visitors approved the $105 million project at their June meeting.

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Rotunda Renovations Welcome Students Back to Grounds

James Zehmer and Whiting-Turner construction employee review renovation building plans

A second phase of Rotunda renovations is now underway that prevents public access to the building and even parts of the UVA Lawn.

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After Four Years, Facelift Complete at ‘Workhorse’ New Cabell Hall

New Cabell Hall library room

The University of Virginia’s New Cabell Hall, once the domain of cinder-block walls and bolted-down wooden desks, has entered the 21st century.

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Sustainability Star:
Mark Roach

Mark Roach, Associate director for Utility Systems

As part of Energy and Utilities, Mark Roach has been a key player in implementing plans to reduce energy use, water consumption, and storm water runoff throughout Grounds.

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Workers find historic remnants of UVA Rotunda as they restore Jeffersonian icon

Facilities Management employee sifts through debris for remnants.

It didn’t look like much, just a crumpled scrap of metal that had been tossed aside, forgotten in a pile of old rubble.

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Sustainability Star: Vibha Buckingham

Vibha Buckingham

As the associate director for Custodial Services, Vibha Buckingham leads the largest team in Facilities Management, keeping academic and residential spaces clean throughout Grounds.

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UVA Celebrates 1st Woman to Graduate with Masonry Certification

Daisy Dejesus

The University of Virginia celebrated the first woman ever to graduate with a certification in masonry on June 25.

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UVA’s East Range Room Roofs Slated for Replacement

West Range under renovation

As the University of Virginia’s Rotunda begins its extensive renovation, the East Range Rooms will also receive new roofs.

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Facelift Underway for UVA’s Rotunda

Rotunda at night

A major makeover is underway for the centerpiece of the University of Virginia. As the crews start their work, the people who have worked inside the historic Rotunda for years are almost done moving out.

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Rotunda Tenants Pack Up, Move Out

Christine Wells packs up at the Rotunda

The planning started months ago, determining who and what was going where. The packing went on for weeks. Now the Rotunda is nearly empty.

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Garden Week comes to UVA

dogwood blooms

Garden Club of Virginia and University of Virginia celebrate the 81st Garden Week at the University of Virginia from April 26 through May 3, 2014.

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Facilities Management employees talk about UVA Apprenticeship Program

Lowell Jones talks with Bob Beard

April 1 – 1997 Apprentice graduate and now HSPP Zone Supervisor Gary Allen, Plumber Apprentice Caitlin Murtaugh and Chief Facilities Officer Don Sundgren are interviewed on WCHV with Joe Thomas.
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April 2 – Human Resources & Training associate Lowell Jones appeared on Newsplex’s UVA Today show with Bob Beard.
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