UVA's Rotunda Repair Project Considered for State Funding
Repairing the University of Virginia's iconic rotunda is rising on the list of recommended projects to receive state funds. The House Appropriations Committee put the rotunda project on its list of capital projects approved for state support in its budget rollout on Sunday.
The first phase of repairs to the building are currently in progress. Crews are putting on a black membrane to cover the rotunda's roof for protection while they take out the old skylight and prepare to replace it in February.
The repairs have forced UVA to close the dome room for the next three months.
The rotunda repairs are on a list of about 50 projects approved by the House committee to receive state bond funds. UVA is seeking $26 million from the commonwealth, only half of the nearly $52 million project. The rest of the funding comes from donors and the university's endowment.
So far, the General Assembly has chipped in $2.7 million for the roof repairs. The entire project is expected to take five years.
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