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New Cabell Is New Again

Extensive renovation revitalizes one of UVA’s largest buildings

A new meeting space and library Dan Addison/University Communications

A new glass stair wall on the north side of New Cabell Hall has brought more light into the building. Robert Viccellio

Opened in 1952 to accommodate a growing student body after World War II, New Cabell Hall remains the College of Arts & Sciences’ largest academic building, with more than 40 classrooms and 175 offices. Over the years, it had also become one of the University’s most outdated buildings, as those who recall sitting in desks bolted to the floor can attest. During planning for the South Lawn, demolition was considered, but renovating New Cabell was determined to be the more sustainable and economical option.

A recently completed four-year, $64.5 million renovation gives the six-floor building modern classroom and meeting spaces outfitted with new furniture and the latest technology, plus new flooring, ceilings, lighting and mechanical systems.

“The interior is spectacular,” says Brian Hogg (Col ’83), senior preservation planner in the Office of the Architect for the University. “It has been designed to last another 50 years.”