Buildings & Grounds Committee
Nell is an Architecture major at The University. She joined Student Council as a third year (I know, right?!), on a mission to get better and more accessible information to students about construction projects going on around grounds. Now as a fourth year, Nell and her Co-Chair Will cannot wait to get the ball rolling with more great initiatives. Students can expect great and fulfilling work with B+G, and the ability to take the lead on a specific project and see it through to completion. We’re planning on holding our title of Most Outstanding Committee from last year! Let us know if you have any questions about our great committee!
Will is a second year in the College and is a prospective Foreign Affairs and Media Studies double major. Outside of Student Council, he is involved in Madison House, International Relations Organization, and University Programs Council. In his spare time, Will enjoys tennis, soccer, and anything food related. As B&G co-chair this year, he hopes to make students more aware and involved in what’s to come from the construction all around grounds. He hopes to hear and incorporate views from all corners of the University Community.
The Building and Grounds Committee shall be responsible for representing the views, interests, and concerns of students regarding planning on Grounds, as well as the design of long-term building projects.
CURRENT & NEW Committee initiatives include…
PAST Committee initiatives include:
2011-2012 Building and Grounds Initiatives
Housing Fair: addressing student and parent concerns, reaching 1,000 students through Student Council and Alumni Hall information sessions and the organized Housing Fair in the early Fall
StudCo LOVE: initiated to invite the student body to get to know StudCo representatives and voice their ideas and concerns. Over 500 cupcakes and 20 gallons of hot chocolate were distributed to fans by StudCo after the UVa v. UNC basketball game. Feedback was extremely positive. In addition, over 1,000 soda cans, hot chocolate and coffee were distributed to fans on the Lawn, headed to the UVa v. Duke football game.
Grounds Under Construction Website: created to inform the entire University community of construction progress. The creative, impactful site provides detailed information about Construction on Grounds (price, locations, dates, articles, Board of Visitors’ proposals).
Rate Your Housing Website: established in an effort to invite students to voice their housing experiences to students exploring housing options. Students rate their housing experiences in a similar format to “Rate Your Professor”.
Enhanced WiFi Reception on Grounds is being explored to better safety and communication between students in University buildings and housing. The committee is currently working with the Office of the Deans and Office of the Architect to complete this initiative.
Student Memorial Garden, which is our newest long term project focusing on enhancing and expanding the Student Memorial Garden between Newcomb and Clemmons with the help of the Office of the Architect.
*This year, B&G has successfully established a positive working relationship between StudCo, Office of the Architect, Deans, the A-School, Facilities Management, and Dining Services.
- Before You Sign, On the Dotted Line…: this Campaign focuses on sharing information with First Years through the partnership with the Parents Committee. Student Council’s Campaign will assist First Years with making informed decisions with regards to housing contracts. The Before You Sign, On the Dotted Line… Campaign is part of the First Year Housing Fair.
- First Year Housing Fair: the Committee partners with the Housing Department to put on a Housing Fair where rental companies in the University community gather on Grounds, provide information to first year students, and offer incentives to attendees. Held in early fall, the fair is the perfect venue and effective means of sharing information with students and their parents.
- Housing Survey: Student Council provides students an opportunity to complete a Housing Survey, in order to gain an understanding of student needs regarding the housing deadlines. The survey asks students to share when they signed on/off grounds leases, and if they would like the housing deadline pushed to later in the academic year.
- Hoo Can Hear Me Now?: Cell phone reception is a primary concern for U.Va. students, faculty, and parents. This initiaitive will focus on establishing a relationship between Student Council, students, and cell phone providers, in an effort to enhance cell phone reception and communication on Grounds.
- Lighten Up Campaign: This initiative provides lighting for on- and off-Grounds housing areas that are not properly lit. Partnership with the Safety and Wellness Committee.
Recent News & Updates:
- Goodbye, Scaffolding and Hello, #PostGradProblems
- 15 Minute Meals With StudCo Love
- Building and Grounds: JPA Parking Initiative
- Building and Grounds Spring 2013 Update
- Extreme Makeover: Gooch/Dillard Slave Memorial Edition!
- The Laundry Reconstruction: a recently initiated project aiming to create a laundry plan students can pre-purchase at the beginning of each academic term.