South Lawn Project Dedication Ceremony Held Friday
It has been open since August but the University of Virginia officially dedicated its newest $100 million addition Friday. A dedication ceremony for the South Lawn Project was held overlooking Jefferson Park Avenue.
The South Lawn Project has been a decade in the making. It is a group of academic buildings on the south side of Jefferson Park Avenue that connect to the traditional lawn via a 100 foot wide overpass that has a grassy lawn of its own.
President Teresa Sullivan and Dr. Meredith Woo, the dean of UVA"s School of Arts and Sciences, were on hand for the ceremony. They welcomed Governor Bob McDonnell.
The ceremony honored the two men for which the main buildings are named, John Nau and David Gibson, two alumni who have given generously to their alma mater. Nau Hall and Gibson Hall house the history and religious studies departments and are connected by a third common building. They are among UVA's first Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certified facilities.
Just east of Nau Hall sits the Foster historic site. The site houses a collection of artifacts discovered on the site during construction. It honors Catherine Foster, a free black property owner around the time of the university's earliest years. UVA will dedicate the site this spring.