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2015 news articles

December 17, 2015

Looking through the Pratt Ginko branches

A Tree to See: The History Behind the Pratt Ginkgo

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

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December 8, 2015

Rotunda during construction

Faces of the Rotunda Renovation

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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December 4, 2015

Lighting of the Lawn 2015

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

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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November 24, 2015

Lighting of the Lawn


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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November 20, 2015

New capitals being unveiled by workers

Historic Marble

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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November 19, 2015

UVA Grounds in the fall

Accolades: UVA Again Ranked on ‘Beautiful College’ List

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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November 4, 2015

Workers remove Rotunda clock hands

Switch in Time

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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October 29, 2015

Rotunda during construction

Treasure Trove

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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October 23, 2015

Workers install solar panel system on Leake II roof

Going Solar

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

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October 16, 2015

View of chemical hearth found in the Rotunda

Jeffersonian-Era Chemistry Hearth Preserved in Rotunda Wall

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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October 12, 2015

View of chemical hearth found in the Rotunda

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

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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October 6, 2015

Aerial of Scott Stadium

Scott Stadium named one of 16 best for natural scenery

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

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August 17, 2015

Fourth-year student Megan McDaniels trains RAs.

Student Initiative Offers Incoming First-Years TREE of Sustainable Knowledge

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

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August 10, 2015

McCormick Road under construction

UVA Ranked Top Among Most Beautiful Universities in the Nation

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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August 5, 2015

McCormick Road under construction

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

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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July 24, 2015

Newsplex news anchor

UVA Honors Newest Graduates of Apprenticeship Program

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

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July 16, 2015

UVA students working in the Kitchen Garden at Morven Farm

Gardens Become Sustainable Classrooms in the Summer

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

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July 16, 2015

Alice Raucher

Alice J. Raucher Named Architect for the University of Virginia

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

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July 3, 2015

Worker paints new Rotunda roof

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

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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June 23, 2015

View of the Rotunda's north facade

New Capitals Installment on UVa’s Rotunda

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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June 23, 2015

UVA Saves Hour graphic

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

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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June 16, 2015

Rotunda under renovation

Workers Begin Painting Dome of UVA’s Rotunda

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

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May 27, 2015

Bucky Crickenberger

Students Study Rotunda Renovations Firsthand

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

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May 12, 2015

Bucky Crickenberger

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

“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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May 8, 2015

Rotunda under construction

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

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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April 24, 2015

Green Ribbon Schools graphic

UVA Pinned with a Green Ribbon for Sustainability Efforts

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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April 20, 2015

Sub contractor sprinkles predatory mites on top of a spruce tree

Predatory Helpers

Facilities Management landscapers use predatory insects to control infestations

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April 20, 2015

The Rotunda during renovation

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

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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April 14, 2015

Demonstrator and Earth Day Expo attendees

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

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

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April 13, 2015

Facilities Management HR specialist Sarah McComb and newscaster discuss apprentice program

UVa Today: Apprenticeship Program

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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April 9, 2015

Poster at Apprenticeship Job Fair

UVA Facilities Looking for Workers

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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March 26, 2015

Jeff Sitler

Sustainability Star: Jeff Sitler is Responsibly Managing Stormwater at UVA

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

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March 10, 2015

UVA Green Workplace graphic

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

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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Feb. 16, 2015

UVA Green Workplace graphic

UVA Today: Green Workplace Program

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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Feb. 23, 2015

New capital being hoisted in the air

Blocks of Italian marble transformed into Jefferson’s original vision

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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Feb. 4, 2015

Assistant Project Manager James Zehmer

Rotunda Renovations: Capital Replacement

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

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Jan. 28, 2015

First old capital being removed from Rotunda

Contractors Commence Removing Rotunda’s Crumbling Capitals

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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Jan. 26, 2015

New Learning Studio

Facilities Management’s renovation work enhances School of Nursing offerings

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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Jan. 19, 2015

Georgetown University Energy Prize logo

Charlottesville a semifinalist in $5M contest to save energy

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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Jan. 6, 2015

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

Little Changes Add Up to Big Savings

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

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Jan. 3, 2015

Tim Payne

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

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

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