2019

  • May

    Monday, May 20, 2019

    After many months of planning and design, the Refectory renovation is scheduled to begin today, Monday, May 20. While construction will create a new and improved dining experience, in the long run, it will definitely bring some inconvenience over the next few months.

    The biggest change will be the temporary dining tent which will be located on the lawn outside of Scott Lounge between Moore Hall and Johns Hall. It will have lights, a floor, removable walls, ventilation for the warm months and heat for the cool months. It will seat about 150 guests and will have drink stations and two buffet lines. We will use compostable plates and cutlery, and continue to offer composting and recycling.

    In addition, during the month of July, you will see the Wilderness transformed into a temporary Flamingo Cafe which will re-open in August. A tractor-trailer containing a mobile kitchen will appear near the Wilderness garage. The Refectory will be enclosed in a temporary six-foot fence, and the only entrance will be at the loading dock. Whiting-Turner (our general contractor) will have their office trailer there, and all deliveries will come in that way.

    Beth El Congregation is generously allowing our construction workers to park in their back lot. So, you will see workers walking from the back lot, past the old post office to the Refectory loading dock each day. They will generally arrive by 7:00 a.m. and leave by 3:00 p.m. All construction workers will have hi-visibility yellow shirts or vests, plus hard hats with ID stickers on them. You should not see workers in other places on campus. Finally, see attached a “site utilization plan.”

    The Rev. J. Barney Hawkins IV, Ph.D.
    Co-Director, Bicentennial Campaign
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  • April

    Tuesday, April 2, 2019

    Please remember these dates and information which were shared in the Dean’s Commentary on March 25:
    1. The last day of operation for Cafe 1823 will be May 15, 2019. On May 10, there will be an event at Cafe 1823 for our neighbors, friends, and the VTS family.
    2. The last day of operation for the Refectory is May 16, 2019.
    3. There will be no lunch provided for staff/faculty from Friday, May 17- Sunday, August 4. Lunch services will resume Monday, August 5 for students, faculty, and staff in an alternative location on campus.

    NEW INFORMATION

    During the construction, 1823 will not operate. The Flamingo will be in The Wilderness, 1220 Wilmer Lane, but the opening date is yet to be determined.

    When lunch resumes on August 5, it will be prepared and served in a portable kitchen with a big tent (which will have a floor) on the east end of the Grove. This area will be removed from the construction in Addison and the Refectory/Scott Lounge/1823/Kitchen. By late summer, the renovation of Key Hall should be in the “home stretch.” The temporary Refectory will be near where most classes will be taking place.

    As Addison Academic Center is renovated, we will continue with all classes in different parts of the campus. Larger classes will be held in the Goodwin Board Room, Gibbs Room, and Sparrow Hall. For smaller classes, we will make use of the Aspinwall Conference Room and the Library’s Large Group Study Room. In some cases, existing furniture will be replaced by more flexible and moveable furniture, so that the spaces can be easily configured in different ways. All rooms will be outfitted with portable whiteboards and appropriate AV equipment. The appropriateness of the space for each course will be the first consideration, followed by anticipated class size and other class needs within the same timeslot.

    With advanced planning and creative thinking, classes will be appropriately supported in these new, temporary spaces. The basic rhythm of our community life will continue—but it will be different! Our days will still be defined by Chapel, Coffee, Class, and Lunch. There will be exciting new venues for Class, Coffee, and Lunch.

    The Rev. J. Barney Hawkins IV, Ph.D.
    Co-Director, Bicentennial Campaign
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  • January

    Monday, March 25, 2019

    The VTS Campus is under construction for the future! That will mean confusion, chaos, and change in the present. Until the spring of 2020, we must work together to minimize the unavoidable disruption of our community life. It will be very important for us to communicate often and well about the Bicentennial Campus Construction. So, every other Monday the Dean’s Commentary will be an update about the construction in Key Hall, Addison Academic Center and the Refectory/Scott Lounge/Café 1823/Kitchen. News about the campus construction will be communicated through the Weekly Communiqué and the monthly eNews.

    For now, please take note of these important dates:
    1. The last day of operation for Café 1823 will be May 15, 2019. On May 10, there will be an event at Café 1823 for our neighbors, friends, and the VTS family.
    2. The last day of operation for the Refectory is May 16, 2019.
    3. There will be no lunch provided for staff/faculty from Friday, May 17- Sunday, August 4. Lunch services will resume Monday, August 5 for students, faculty, and staff in an alternative location on campus. Most likely that alternative location will be a BIG TENT on the east end of the Grove. Stay tuned.

    VTS is getting ready for its third century of service in 2023. Let us count our blessings daily as we work together to give the future a campus ready to serve the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion.

    The Rev. J. Barney Hawkins IV, Ph.D.
    Co-Director, Bicentennial Campaign

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