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Elrod Commons Dining Addition Construction Update

November 15, 2023. Amid the smoke of surrounding wildfires, the second phase of the campus dining renovations have begun. The new dining room will be located on the Woods Level off the east end of Elrod Commons, extending the facility into the Cohen Family Amphitheater. The remaining amphitheater space will be reconfigured and updated.

The new venue will seat approximately 140 people and include a rooftop terrace. The new terrace will flow from the existing Cafe 77 Terrace on the Campus Level of the building and provides approximately 60 additional seats.

The expedited project schedule is led by Kjellstrom & Lee Construction, general contractor. Completion is slated for the Fall Term of 2024.


Roanoke ARB Initiates Guideline Updates

Fall 2023. The Roanoke City Architectural Review Board is beginning the process to refine its Historic District Guidelines. Drew Kepley, ARB Member, is participating in the effort to update the guidelines improve the Certificate of Appropriateness review and approval process. The work is being led by City staff and will include City Council and public input along the way.

Washington and Lee University Campus Dining Renovations Enter First Phase

February 17, 2023. Construction has begun on a reimagined Marketplace and Cafe 77 to enhance the campus dining experience. Located in the John W. Elrod Commons on the Washington & Lee University, the venues have gone from serving 8,000 to 9,000 meals per week in 2000 to nearly 35,000 meals per week in 2023. The renovations will include the main kitchen and Commons Room on the main floor of the building. 

The renovation work will be completed for the Fall Term of 2023. Phase Two, an addition to main dining room will follow starting in Fall of 2023.


Washington and Lee University ITS Offices and Campus Mail Services Open

W&L has announced that its Information Technology Services (ITS) and Campus Mail Services have moved their offices to 115 West Nelson Street in downtown Lexington effective January 3, 2023.

ITS will be accessible to W&L faculty, staff and students and includes a large conference room which is available to reserve for events. Students will have access to campus  mail services off Lee Avenue.

The completed renovations gutted the existing structure, added a new elevator, new atrium with skylight, main stairway, offices, and support spaces.

Aviva Pembroke Breaks Ground

Beth Sholom Village and Pembroke Square Associates hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, December 9, 2022 to celebrate the start of construction of their new senior living community.

Part of the new Pembroke Square development project, Aviva Pembroke will be on built on the site of Pembroke Mall in Virginia Beach. The new building will be at the corner of Constitution Drive and Jeanne Street.

The 7-story project will include 121 independent living units, 20 assisted living apartments, and 12 memory care units. A variety of floor plans will be offered, including one bedroom, one bedroom with a den, two bedroom, and three bedroom styles. The apartments will have full kitchens, walk-in closets, outdoor terraces, and are pet friendly. 

Amenity spaces will include different dining venues, rooftop bar and terrace, fitness center, indoor pool, locker rooms, salon, and multi-purpose space. A rooftop activity terrace will feature a dining/event space, 2 pickle-ball courts, 2 bocce courts, and firepit area. Some enclosed parking will also be available.

The design team includes Kahler Slater, Architect of Record; Kepley Architecture, Senior Living Design Consultant & Interior Architect; Lynch Mykins, Structural Engineering Consultant; Pace Collaborative, MEP Engineering Consultant; and Solution 65, Interior Designers.

Construction is expected to be complete in Fall of 2024.


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