Few people attending Washington and Lee University’s 2015 commencement probably noticed the new lectern at the center of the podium or understood its historic significance.
Construction work on the new "village" housing, natatorium and Liberty Hall playing fields is scheduled to begin March 2, requiring long-term access road and parking lot closures around Wilson, Watt and Artificial Turf fields and the Upper Tennis Courts.
At its fall meeting, Oct. 24-25, Washington and Lee University's Board of Trustees gave final approval for the construction of a new on-campus housing neighborhood for upper-division students.
Congratulations to Randolph Hare, the director of maintenance and operations in W&L's Facilities Management, who last month became the president of APPA International, the professional organization of facilities and physical plant officers at educational institutions.
W&L's board of trustees has authorized preliminary architectural design of new apartment-style residences that would house approximately 320 upper-division students.
When 10 inches of snow make it necessary to "close" Washington and Lee, not every employee stays home for the day—or the night. Nearly 1,000 people live on campus, depending on the University for food and beverage, health services, security, utilities and, of course, snow removal. Designated essential personnel make their way to campus regardless of the conditions, working as long as necessary to take care of the academic community.
The former home of Washington and Lee's legendary dean of students, Frank J. Gilliam, will serve as a venue for overnight guests to the University.
As part of a program to upgrade Washington and Lee's indoor athletic and recreation facilities, the site for a proposed new swimming pool is just northwest of Lewis Hall.
At its fall meeting in Lexington on Oct. 27, Washington and Lee's Board of Trustees approved projects to renovate Graham-Lees and Gaines halls for first-year students and Belfield as a guest house.