Visitors to campus these days can see the fulfillment of several goals of Longwood’s Master Plan happening before their eyes. The work includes construction of two new buildings—one for admissions and the other providing academic space—and the renovation of Frazer Hall, a student residence.
The new admissions building, located directly across High Street from Ruffner Hall, will include a welcome center for visitors and a display focused on Farmville and Longwood history. Construction is at about the halfway mark with completion expected by August of this year. The facility will provide seven times the space of the building previously occupied by the admissions office.
Work on the Frazer Hall renovation also is about 50 percent complete, with much of the interior framing and rough-in plumbing and electrical work finished. The building is on schedule for occupancy by fall 2019. As part of this two-phase project, nearby Curry Hall will get a similar makeover after students move out at the end of this semester. The second phase of the project also includes installing new neighborhood landscaping.
Longwood’s new academic building is about 15 percent complete and is expected to open its doors by fall 2020. It will provide four stories of additional classroom, research and faculty office space. Construction includes a pedestrian tunnel that will cross the eastwest corridor of campus, providing access from Venable Street to Brock Commons. The goal is to have the building meet LEED Silver standards for a healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green building.