Amidst unpredictable weather and a growing amount of mud, construction persists all over the VWU campus. While there is a mild smell of paint that seeps into the Boyd Dining Center, the construction seems to be coming to an end.
The Brock Commons addition to the Boyd Dining Center is part of a plan spanning multiple years aiming to upgrade the dining services on campus. It follows the projects of the Coastal Market, Harbor Grill and the Board of Trustees Suite as well as the improvements made to the Boyd Dining Center.
The newest addition is expected to be completed by the beginning of March and construction on the patio dining area is expected to progress in coming days, given that the weather is agreeable.
DeFord Manor has made significant progress as well, but the occupancy of the building has been delayed to March as well.
According to President Miller’s Nota Bene on Jan. 31, the dedication ceremony has been delayed to May “out of an abundance of caution due to the easily transmissible Omicron variant of COVID-19.”
The manor has been named an Elizabeth River Project River Star Home, indicating the environmental sustainability of the manor and its grounds.
The final major construction update centers around Clarke Hall. With the beginning of Spring Semester, students were able to utilize the new Business & Technology Hub. The technology now focuses on cybersecurity, offering individual work stations, personal encrypted networks and a map showing cyber attacks around the world as they happen. This is the final stage of the overall upgrades to Clarke Hall.
By Rhian Tramontana