Better than Ever!

Lobby 10aThe renovation of Ruffner Hall will help the Curry School maximize the student experience, with contemporary classroom space, comfortable common areas, and a healthy, inviting environment not known in Ruffner since the 1970s.

A state-of-the-art building when it was opened in 1973, Ruffner Hall has been closed since January 2013 for major renovation. The Commonwealth of Virginia has provided 100% of the $19 million cost to gut and update the interior of the 84,000-square-foot building and maintain its exterior. The project remains on time and on budget.

When Ruffner Hall reopens this summer, Curry School students will enjoy a healthier and more inviting building than ever before:

• New students gathering areas.
• Connector hallways in the center of the first and second floors.
• Better classroom configuration, optimized for class-size needs.
• Revamped auditorium space on the ground floor with new seating.
• Improved traffic flow.
• A quieter environment for working.
• A new first floor entrance Ruffner Hall to Bavaro Hall.

In addition, Ruffner will sport carpeted floors, all new heating/cooling systems, and a modernized elevator.

The Need

The Curry Foundation must raise $500,000 before October 25, 2014, for interior furnishings and critical upgrades, and we can’t do it without you. We must raise funds to furnish the important new common areas with comfortable seating, tables, and artwork that will reflect the stature of the Curry School and the value we place on our talented students. We also must raise money to equip our research spaces and common areas with the latest communication technologies.

Learn how you can honor a beloved professor or an esteemed classmate by naming a classroom or office!

Make a gift that will be combined with the gifts of other grateful alumni and friends to ensure that the Ruffner Hall renovation meets all its potential to support Curry’s mission.

Project Update

As of December 12th the project was 70% complete!

Current Activities:

  • Third Floor MEP rough in complete. Prime and first coat of paint complete. Tile preparation in progress. VAV tie-ins are complete on the third floor. Mechanical room: AHU tie-ins are in progress.
  • Second Floor installation of drywall is complete. VAV tie-ins are in progress. Prime and first coat of paint is being applied now. Mechanical room: Control valves installation is in progress. Cable tray installation is in progress.
  • First Floor glass installation is in progress. VAV tie-ins are in progress.
  • Ground Floor Auditorium MEP rough-in, drywall and wall framing is in progress. Glass installation is in progress.
  • MTHW piping installation is in progress. Bathroom rough-ins are complete. Field measurements for fixed seating
  • completed last week.
  • High Roof construction is complete. Low Roof detailing work in progress.
  • All exterior windows are being re-glazed. Level 1 glass and rubber is scheduled to deliver November 15.
  • Modernization of the existing passenger elevator is in progress. Elevator cab has been removed and new piston has been installed.
  • New entrance has been constructed on the first floor east side that opens to the courtyard.
  • Demolition, shoring and abatement is being completed at the exterior masonry columns. NW corner is almost complete.
  • SW corner is halfway complete. Crew will move to NE corner next. Future Activities:

 Future Activities

Exterior renovation includes:

  • The accessible route from the south parking lot will include a new sidewalk with accessible curb ramps.
  • ADA door openers have been included on all exterior accessible routes.
  • Temporary 6’ wide asphalt walkway between the Physics Building and Dell Building #1 is complete.

Interior renovation includes:

  • Asbestos Abatement
  • Complete replacement of ceiling and floor systems.
  • Construction of new interior partition walls.
  • All interior finishes are to be replaced and renovated.
  • Major replacement of doors and frames.
  • Replacement of plumbing, HVAC and electrical systems.
  • Installation of fire protection.
  • Modernization of the existing passenger elevator.
  • ADA Accessibility – upgrading all of the men’s and woman’s toilet facilities, providing lever handle hardware on all interior doors, providing new ADA water fountains, providing additional ‘accessible’ seating in the ground floor auditorium classrooms, new handrails and guardrails on the interior stairwells.
  • Dell Bank and Parking Lot Landscape.

Renovation Update: October 8th, 2013

Current Activities:

  • First, Second and Third Floor metal stud framing, HVAC ductwork and sprinkler system construction is in progress.
  • Installation of drywall is in progress on First, Second and Third Floor
  • Auditorium metal stud framing and HVAC ductwork construction is in progress on the ground floor.
  • High Roof and Low Roof construction is complete.
  • MEP rough in complete on 3rd Floor.
  • All exterior windows are being re-glazed.
  • Modernization of the existing passenger elevator is in progress
  • New entrance has been constructed on the first floor east side that opens to the courtyard.
  • Scaffolding is being lowered in sections and will be removed completely by mid-October.
  • Demolition has begun and shoring is being installed at the exterior masonry columns.

Future Activities:

Exterior renovation includes:

  • The accessible route from the south parking lot will include a new sidewalk with accessible curb ramps at access aisles connected to new sidewalk.
  • Temporary 6’ wide asphalt walkway between the Physics Building and Dell Building #1 is complete.
  • Dell Bank and Parking Lot Landscape.

Interior renovation includes:

  • Asbestos Abatement
  • Complete replacement of ceiling and floor systems.
  • Construction of new interior partition walls.
  • All interior finishes are to be replaced and renovated.
  • Major replacement of doors and frames.
  • Replacement of plumbing, HVAC and electrical systems.
  • Installation of fire protection.
  • Modernization of the existing passenger elevator.

“Getting Around” Ruffner

“GETTING AROUND” RUFFNER HALL FENCES
Once renovations are underway on January 11, 2013, knowing how to “get around” Ruffner Hall will be imperative. Lynn Rush, Project Manager for the Ruffner renovation, has some valuable advice. Click on the map image to enlarge it.

“Please be advised that due to construction work on the Ruffner Hall Renovation project, east/west Ruffner Hall Pedestrian Access will be closed between Bavaro Hall and Bonnycastle Drive until December 2013.

Pedestrians traveling east/west in the vicinity may use McCormick Road, or pathways by the Dell as alternate routes.

A temporary accessible route to the first floor of Bavaro Hall from McCormick Road will be provided via a temporary ramp located at the southern end of the courtyard between Bavaro and Ruffner Halls.

The pedestrian closure will be marked with signage during construction. The project area will be secured with chain link and wooden fencing during the renovation anticipated to start January 2013 and to be completed by July 2014.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have about this project.”

Lynn K. Rush
Project Manager
lkr@virginia.edu
(434) 982-5905