UR finishes up $14M dorm upgrades

Thomas Hall was one of two dorm buildings to receive a complete overhaul at UR. Photos courtesy of UR.

Thomas Hall was one of two dorm buildings to receive a complete overhaul at UR. Photos courtesy of UR.

While construction continues on the other side of campus, renovations to two dorms at the University of Richmond have wrapped up just in time for the new school year.

The university has reopened Jeter Hall and Thomas Hall, two century-old dorms that were among the first buildings on the campus of what was then called Richmond College. The reopenings mark the end of renovations that got underway last summer.

The renovations totaled $14.2 million, over their initial collective estimate of $13.5 million. Individually, the work cost $7.9 million for Thomas and $6.3 million for Jeter, according to Sunni Brown, a university spokeswoman.

UR Drive is being rerouted as a new welcome and admissions center takes shape.

UR Drive is being rerouted as a new welcome and admissions center takes shape.

The two buildings received extensive interior renovations that have resulted in a variety of room types throughout, ranging from single rooms to suites that share a bathroom. The two residence halls will house a collective 170 students, both men and women ranging from sophomores to seniors.

The interior work also added common areas, including study and sitting spaces. And the buildings’ exteriors, featuring brick and limestone facades that match other buildings on campus, are now surrounded with plants and flowers native to Virginia. A new path also provides access to the Tyler Haynes Commons building.

The work was paid for through a capital project fund and tied to a larger $34 million effort that previously added more student housing options: Gateway Village Apartments and Westhampton Hall. Those two projects, which can house 330 students, were completed last year and were used to house residents of Jeter and Thomas over the course of the renovations.

Trent Corp. was the general contractor for the Jeter renovations, which were designed by BCWH Architects. Nbj Architecture worked with general contractor RVA Construction on the Thomas renovations.

On the other side of Westhampton Lake, construction continues on a new welcome center and admissions building, as well as a realignment of UR Drive. That road, along with Westhampton Way on the River Road side of campus, reopened to all traffic on Monday.

Parts of both roads had been closed since mid-May, when construction got underway on the new Queally Center for Admission and Career Services, a $26 million, 54,000-square-foot building that will serve as a welcome center for new students and alumni. Periodic work will continue on UR Drive, which is being realigned to make it the primary route through campus.

UR’s fall semester begins Aug. 24.

Thomas Hall was one of two dorm buildings to receive a complete overhaul at UR. Photos courtesy of UR.

Thomas Hall was one of two dorm buildings to receive a complete overhaul at UR. Photos courtesy of UR.

While construction continues on the other side of campus, renovations to two dorms at the University of Richmond have wrapped up just in time for the new school year.

The university has reopened Jeter Hall and Thomas Hall, two century-old dorms that were among the first buildings on the campus of what was then called Richmond College. The reopenings mark the end of renovations that got underway last summer.

The renovations totaled $14.2 million, over their initial collective estimate of $13.5 million. Individually, the work cost $7.9 million for Thomas and $6.3 million for Jeter, according to Sunni Brown, a university spokeswoman.

UR Drive is being rerouted as a new welcome and admissions center takes shape.

UR Drive is being rerouted as a new welcome and admissions center takes shape.

The two buildings received extensive interior renovations that have resulted in a variety of room types throughout, ranging from single rooms to suites that share a bathroom. The two residence halls will house a collective 170 students, both men and women ranging from sophomores to seniors.

The interior work also added common areas, including study and sitting spaces. And the buildings’ exteriors, featuring brick and limestone facades that match other buildings on campus, are now surrounded with plants and flowers native to Virginia. A new path also provides access to the Tyler Haynes Commons building.

The work was paid for through a capital project fund and tied to a larger $34 million effort that previously added more student housing options: Gateway Village Apartments and Westhampton Hall. Those two projects, which can house 330 students, were completed last year and were used to house residents of Jeter and Thomas over the course of the renovations.

Trent Corp. was the general contractor for the Jeter renovations, which were designed by BCWH Architects. Nbj Architecture worked with general contractor RVA Construction on the Thomas renovations.

On the other side of Westhampton Lake, construction continues on a new welcome center and admissions building, as well as a realignment of UR Drive. That road, along with Westhampton Way on the River Road side of campus, reopened to all traffic on Monday.

Parts of both roads had been closed since mid-May, when construction got underway on the new Queally Center for Admission and Career Services, a $26 million, 54,000-square-foot building that will serve as a welcome center for new students and alumni. Periodic work will continue on UR Drive, which is being realigned to make it the primary route through campus.

UR’s fall semester begins Aug. 24.

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