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2015 news articles

A Tree to See: The History Behind the Pratt Ginkgo

Looking through the Pratt Ginko branches

December 17, 2015

UVA’s Pratt Ginkgo is a spectacle almost all year long. But did you know the history behind it?

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Faces of the Rotunda Renovation

Rotunda during construction

December 8, 2015

Behind the Rotunda’s construction fence, highly specialized craftspeople from UVA and beyond have been hard at work on this one-of-a-kind restoration project.

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Rotunda Renovations Are No Obstacle as University, Neighbors Light the Lawn

Lighting of the Lawn 2015

December 4, 2015

The tally: 12,000-plus LED lights; seven sets of 150-foot rope lights, 132 other strings of lights and rope lights, 18 different lighting zones — and thousands of Wahoos.

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Showtime!

Lighting of the Lawn

November 24, 2015

This year’s Lighting of the Lawn is designed to welcome community members to the Lawn for the annual holiday tradition.

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Historic Marble

New capitals being unveiled by workers

November 20, 2015

For the first time in 120 years, intricately carved Carrara marble capitals are again visible on the University of Virginia’s Rotunda.

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Accolades: UVA Again Ranked on ‘Beautiful College’ List

UVA Grounds in the fall

November 19, 2015

Great Value Colleges has ranked the University of Virginia No. 4 on its 2015 list of the 40 Most Beautiful College Campuses in Rural Areas.

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Switch in Time

Workers remove Rotunda clock hands

November 4, 2015

In addition to the new capitals atop the Rotunda’s columns, the University’s centerpiece will receive new clocks – the latest chapter in an interesting history of timekeeping in the Academical Village.

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Treasure Trove

Rotunda during construction

October 29, 2015

After nearly 200 years in existence and more than a year into a renovation project, Thomas Jefferson’s signature Rotunda is still yielding clues to its past.

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Going Solar

Workers install solar panel system on Leake II roof

October 23, 2015

The University of Virginia’s first LEED-certified building to utilize solar panels is nearing completion.

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Jeffersonian-Era Chemistry Hearth Preserved in Rotunda Wall

View of chemical hearth found in the Rotunda

October 16, 2015

The University of Virginia’s Rotunda still has its secrets, as conservators are discovering amid the building’s ongoing two-year renovation.

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An unexpected discovery behind a wall at UVA teaches researchers about science

View of chemical hearth found in the Rotunda

October 12, 2015

It took an architect lying on the floor, sticking his head into a hole and looking up to realize: There was something there.

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Scott Stadium named one of 16 best for natural scenery

Aerial of Scott Stadium

October 6, 2015

Scott Stadium was named the eighth best college stadium in the country for views of natural scenery ...

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Student Initiative Offers Incoming First-Years TREE of Sustainable Knowledge

Fourth-year student Megan McDaniels trains RAs.

August 17, 2015

Environmental education will move into the residence halls for some University of Virginia first-year students.

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UVA Ranked Top Among Most Beautiful Universities in the Nation

McCormick Road under construction

August 10, 2015

The home of the Cavaliers was ranked number one on the list of 100 most beautiful college campuses in the United States.

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UVA Looks to Wrap Summer Construction Projects Before Move-In Day

McCormick Road under construction

August 5, 2015

After a summer of long hours and several periods of around-the-clock effort, the construction crews working at UVA on McCormick Road are nearing the finish line.

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UVA Honors Newest Graduates of Apprenticeship Program

Newsplex news anchor

July 24, 2015

A group of six people were honored Thursday when they graduated from the University of Virginia Apprenticeship Program.

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Gardens Become Sustainable Classrooms in the Summer

UVA students working in the Kitchen Garden at Morven Farm

July 16, 2015

UVA students worked within geometrical shapes while stooping, pulling weeds and discussing the Greek debt crisis.

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Alice J. Raucher Named Architect for the University of Virginia

Alice Raucher

July 16, 2015

Alice J. Raucher has been appointed Architect for the University of Virginia, officials announced. The appointment is effective Sept. 14.

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Jefferson’s Iconic UVA Rotunda Amid $58 Million Face-Lift

Worker paints new Rotunda roof

July 3, 2015

Thomas Jefferson's Rotunda at the University of Virginia is ensnared in a spider's web of scaffolding these days, the focus of a $58.3 million renovation of the World Heritage Site.

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New Capitals Installment on UVa’s Rotunda

View of the Rotunda's north facade

June 23, 2015

The first of several new capitals was installed on the north side of University of Virginia’s Rotunda on Tuesday afternoon.

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UVA seeks to slash electric demand in one-hour emergency drill

UVA Saves Hour graphic

June 23, 2015

The University of Virginia will seek to reduce by 12 megawatts the electricity it draws from the power grid for one hour on June 25, as part of an effort to be prepared for an “energy emergency.”

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Workers Begin Painting Dome of UVA’s Rotunda

Rotunda under renovation

June 16, 2015

At long last, the dome painting has begun on the University of Virginia’s iconic Rotunda.

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Students Study Rotunda Renovations Firsthand

Bucky Crickenberger

May 27, 2015

For several students at the University of Virginia, the Rotunda is a classroom — even as it is closed for renovation.

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Electrician and Handyman Extraordinaire Wins a Governor’s Award for Public Service

Bucky Crickenberger

May 12, 2015

“Mr. UVA” That’s what coworkers in Facilities Management call Bucky Crickenberger for his 30-plus years of dedication keeping systems up and running.

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A Year In, Rotunda Renovation Reveals Clues to Past, Promise for Future

Rotunda under construction

May 8, 2015

Beyond the scaffolding, hard hats and perimeter fencing, what exactly is going on at the University of Virginia’s Rotunda? A lot, it turns out.

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UVA Pinned with a Green Ribbon for Sustainability Efforts

Green Ribbon Schools graphic

April 24, 2015

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced this week that the University had been awarded the department’s Green Ribbon Schools Postsecondary Sustainability Award.

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Predatory Helpers

Sub contractor sprinkles predatory mites on top of a spruce tree

April 20, 2015

Facilities Management landscapers use predatory insects to control infestations

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Capital Idea: Project Restores a Piece of Jefferson’s Rotunda Design

The Rotunda during renovation

April 20, 2015

Thomas Jefferson’s original architectural design for the University of Virginia was beautiful, yes, but it was also meant to be functional.

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Food for Thought: Local Food-Laden Earth Week Events Celebrate ‘Sustainable Society’

Demonstrator and Earth Day Expo attendees

April 14, 2015

Earth Week at the University of Virginia, which begins Sunday, will include a variety of activities in celebration of sustainability ...

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UVa Today: Apprenticeship Program

Facilities Management HR specialist Sarah McComb and newscaster discuss apprentice program

April 13, 2015

The University of Virginia Facilities Management department is accepting applications for its highly-regarded and award-winning Apprentice Program, which began in 1982.

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UVA Facilities Looking for Workers

Poster at Apprenticeship Job Fair

April 9, 2015

UVA Facilities Management is hiring, and it's part of a bigger picture dealing the school’s highly competitive apprenticeship program.

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Sustainability Star: Jeff Sitler is Responsibly Managing Stormwater at UVA

Jeff Sitler

March 26, 2015

Rainstorms are an integral part of our natural system, a phenomenon that is crucial to our way of life.

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Rotunda Renovation Update: First Set of Capitals Replaced, Utility Vault Dug

UVA Green Workplace graphic

March 10, 2015

The installation of the capitals on the south portico of the University of Virginia’s iconic Rotunda has gone very smoothly.

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UVA Today: Green Workplace Program

UVA Green Workplace graphic

Feb. 16, 2015

The launch of the Green Workplace Program signals a commitment to UVA workplaces that are taking a leadership role in sustainability.

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Blocks of Italian marble transformed into Jefferson’s original vision

New capital being hoisted in the air

Feb. 23, 2015

The ongoing installation of the Rotunda’s new marble capitals marks the end of their long journey from the mountains of Carrara, Italy.

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Rotunda Renovations: Capital Replacement

Assistant Project Manager James Zehmer

Feb. 4, 2015

Assistant Project Manager James Zehmer describes the need for the capital replacement and plans for installation of the new capitals.

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Contractors Commence Removing Rotunda’s Crumbling Capitals

First old capital being removed from Rotunda

Jan. 28, 2015

Workers are removing the old column capitals, crumbling after more than a century of weathering, this week at the University of Virginia’s iconic Rotunda.

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Facilities Management’s renovation work enhances School of Nursing offerings

New Learning Studio

Jan. 26, 2015

Over the past six years, Project Services staff installed more than 25 miles of wire by hand throughout all five floors of McLeod Hall.

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Charlottesville a semifinalist in $5M contest to save energy

Georgetown University Energy Prize logo

Jan. 19, 2015

Charlottesville is among 50 communities around the country competing to reduce its use of electricity and natural gas over the next two years ...

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Little Changes Add Up to Big Savings

James Thornton, of Lakeside Electric of Louisa, changes out fluorescent light tubes.

Jan. 6, 2015

Change can be a very good thing, especially when you’re talking about light bulbs — and that’s no joke.

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Distinguished Dozen: Search and rescue coordinator typically shies away from limelight

Tim Payne

Jan. 3, 2015

Charlottesville was rocked by an all-too-familiar tragedy this past fall ...

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