UVA's Curry School of Education Dedicates Bavaro HallJuly 16, 2010
The University of Virginia's Curry School of Education dedicated Bavaro Hall this morning. The new building, which nearly doubles the size of the Curry School's facilities, provides faculty offices, conference rooms, a lecture hall, and evaluation and treatment clinics newly organized as the Sheila C. Johnson Center for Human Services.
Located on a steeply sloped site on Emmet Street, at the western perimeter of the University of Virginia's historic Central Grounds, Bavaro Hall doubles the size of the Curry School of Education, currently housed in Ruffner Hall, an unremarkable 1970s building, and in clinics scattered in rented quarters. Simple massing and traditional detailing—red brick and limestone facades with painted wood trim, six-over-six double-hung windows, and a metal standing-seam roof—are in keeping with the architectural traditions first established at U.Va.'s "Grounds" by Thomas Jefferson. Though stylistically opposed, Bavaro Hall works together with Ruffner to define a central landscaped courtyard framed between two open-air colonnades linking the two buildings, creating a campus within a campus for the Curry School.
"The opening of Bavaro Hall is a transformative moment in the history of the Curry School," said Dean Robert C. Pianta. "Bavaro Hall creates for us the possibility of new and deeper collaborations within the school itself and stronger connections with our colleagues across Grounds for academics and research."