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VMI Briefs Council on Upcoming Construction

FullTextImage/img/@altBrig. Gen. Bob Green and Col. Dale Brown brief Lexington City Council and Mayor Mimi Elrod. -- VMI Photo by Sherri Tombarge.

LEXINGTON, Va., March 18, 2014 – VMI officials briefed members of Lexington City Council and Lexington Mayor Mimi Elrod on upcoming construction in a meeting last night in VMI’s Marshall Hall. The discussion focused on the two-phase Corps Physical Training Facilities project, set to begin this summer along Main Street near Cameron Hall and the Diamond Street intersection.

Brig. Gen. Bob Green ’67, deputy superintendent for finance administration and support, told the group that the 205,000-square-foot indoor training facility, Phase I, will include a parking level with about 126 spaces, mechanical and elevated tracks, obstacle and high ropes courses, locker rooms, and restrooms. Located across Diamond Street from Cameron Hall, the facility will be used for cadet and ROTC training and is expected to be a desirable site for track and other sports events. Expected completion is fall 2016.

Phase II of the project will renovate Cormack Hall for the relocation of the VMI Department of Physical Education in what Col. Keith Gibson, executive director of the VMI Museum System, called a “quintessential example of adaptive reuse.” Located just north of Kilbourne Hall on Main Street, the building, originally an equestrian training facility, will be renovated to include classrooms, weight training rooms, mat sports venues with seating, and facilities for VMI’s new exercise science minor. Work will begin late this summer and should be completed for fall 2015.

Phase II will also include renovation of Cocke Hall on Letcher Avenue, with accompanying landscaping improvements to Memorial Garden. The renovation is scheduled for completion for fall 2016. In a separate project to be undertaken at the same time, $1 million in improvements will be made to Clark-King Hall, the annex to Cocke Hall housing the VMI pool.

VMI officials, including superintendent Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III ’62, director of construction Col. Dale Brown, and Institute planning officer Lt. Col. Dallas Clark, answered questions following the presentation.

Mayor Elrod thanked Peay and the others for the briefing, saying, “I can see why you’re excited about this. … I think it’s going to brighten up the entrance to Lexington.”

--Sherri Tombarge

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