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‘1515’ adds to the Corner experience

New building a positive example of student collaboration with U.Va.

<p>Many structural changes were necessary to renovate the building, which was built in 1896.</p>

Many structural changes were necessary to renovate the building, which was built in 1896.

During the last two years, the University has been transforming Lloyd Building, located on the Corner, into a recreational space for students called ‘1515.’ The administration should be commended for its empowerment of students in the project's discussion and planning. The effort signals its commitment to not only student self-governance, but to fostering safe and inclusive student social spaces.

Currently, there is little room on Grounds to expand non-academic space for students. With Newcomb Hall and the Student Activities Building in high demand, the 15,000 square-foot venue meets the need for more space while also supporting student activity and interest. Moreover, it assures students a valuable and accessible space filled with useful resources.

With the help of student input, the building includes meeting and rehearsal space, areas to relax and socialize and a venue for weekend and late-night events. However, ‘1515’ isn’t all fun and games — it also includes a space for the Career Center to conduct advising sessions with students. In addition, rooms for studying or small-group meetings are available in the evening. Considering the difficulty students and organizations tend to have in finding room for these kinds of activities, resources like these are sure to be of significant value for the University community for years to come. The versatility of the building also ensures it will continue to be useful to all students.

The opening of ‘1515,’ scheduled for Friday evening, offers the University a unique opportunity to strengthen its support of student activity and interests in a way that has not been possible with currently available space. The project is sure to increase the University’s institutional presence on the Corner and to enhance inclusive student experiences.