Where are all my Wahoos who lived in Balz or Dobie first-year? I’m one of them…a proud man of my BALZ (the jokes never stop). Anyone who has been around the first-year dorms area within the last 2 months is privy to the fact that the dorms in that area are being reconstructed to reflect more modern college dormitory styles.
UVA has already implemented the modernization at Cauthen, Woody, and Kellogg dorms and if you haven’t seen Kellogg (the newest dorm) it looks like a fancy hotel; 5-star dormitory if you will.
The new residence halls will have air conditioning, laundry facilities, vending machines, lounges and study rooms on each floor, several meeting rooms and a large gathering area with a modest kitchen area on the first floor, two elevators, electronic door access [card key] and other amenities, said Rich Kovatch, UVa’s associate vice president for business operations.
The plan which is known as “Alderman Road Residence Area Phase II” calls for the area where Balz once stood to be converted into some green pastures an open area where students can lounge and relax. The sites of the former Dobie and Watson will serve as the location for two new dorms that will be connected by a student activities center.
Quick history on the dorms; they’ve been standing for 43 years, and between the three dorms 432 students and 24 resident staff members were provided housing. Does that mean admissions had to cut down on accepted students because of available space?
“Over the next two academic years, the university will house some of the students displaced by the construction in Kellogg House…. Other first-year students may be housed in a converted upperclassman housing area, as well as in residential colleges, Kovatch said.”
Future plans call for the new dorms to be completed in Fall of 2011 and after that’s complete Maupin and Webb are coming down next and should be done in 2013. I’ve got to say…UVA is going to have some crazy first-year housing by 2020. And for the record…COPELEY and FAULKNER could use some renovations too, just saying!
More information about the project is available at UVa’s Housing website here.