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1515: A Space for Students on the Corner, Opening March 17

March 13, 2017

1515 University Avenue is a multipurpose student center located on the Corner, adjacent to the UVA Grounds. With significant student involvement in the planning and design, the newly renovated space promises to become a dynamic center for student life on the Corner. It includes performance and rehearsal space, a game and lounge area, a gourmet dessert cafe, student art gallery, meeting rooms, and space for students to socialize and relax. The building is a natural extension of the University community, inclusive for all students, and alcohol-free. 1515 is managed by UVA's Office of the Dean of Students/Newcomb Centers & Services with programming coordinated by the student-led University Programs Council and staffing provided by student employees.


History

Built in 1896, the structure originally served as a private boarding house and residence for many University students. It was expanded and converted into a commercial space in 1928. Generations of students from the 20th century will remember it as the Cavalier Diner, Jamison’s College Store, Lloyd’s Rexall Drugstore, and the Student Bookstore. After operating for 20 years, the bookstore closed in 2014.

Size

15,000 square feet

Hours of Operation

9 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., seven days a week. Doors will lock at 1:30 a.m. Students already in 1515 must vacate no later than 2 a.m. Hours will vary when school is not in session.

Design

The project is a collaboration between the inaugural class of students from the UVA Meriwether Lewis Institute for Citizen Leadership and representatives from Student Affairs, the Provost’s Office, Office of the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, the Office of the Architect, and Facilities Management. UVA alumnus Robert Nalls and his firm, Nalls Architecture, Inc., designed the space in close consultation with the planning committee.

Features

Three floors, with both reservable and drop-in space.

  • The Basement (Lower Level): Game and lounge area. All games will be free and available to students. Two additional enclosed rooms, one of which is an arcade.
  • Main Floor (Street Level): Stage area and large, relaxed sitting area. Before 7 p.m., the stage can be reserved for student performances. After 7 p.m., the stage and Main Floor become available to the University Programs Council for exclusive reservation. In collaboration with other student organizations, UPC will facilitate a diverse array of programming opportunities for evening and late-night hours.
  • Crumbs on the Corner: 1515's gourmet dessert café, open daily from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Closing time may vary based on 1515's schedule.
  • Second Floor (Upper Level): Featuring a homelike atmosphere with nooks and spaces for rehearsals, meetings, study, meditation, and more. The University Career Center will have a space for advising that will be open for student use after hours.

Budget

$4.9 million, with full construction services provided by UVA’s Project Services team in Facilities Management.

Reservations

Some spaces are reservable while others are for drop-in use only. Spaces may be reserved only by student organizations. During the 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. timeframe, a student organization cannot reserve an Upper Level space for more than 10 occasions in a single semester. For more details regarding reservations, see virginia.edu/newcomb/1515 or contact Newcomb Event Planning Services.

Staff

1 Professional Building Manager; 10 trained Student Managers; 20 Student Event Assistants.

Security

The building will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. After 7 p.m., only students, faculty, and staff may access the building by UVA ID card swipe access. Students may bring guests with photo ID. Security cameras are located both inside and outside the building.

More Information

news.virginia.edu/content/new-student-space-corner-1515-set-open-friday