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Monday, May 08, 2017

Jack Tours 1515, a new Off-Grounds Student Center



If you have visited UVA, you may have shopped or grabbed a bite to eat on the Corner. The Corner is a shopping district just next to the University that is full of shops, restaurants, and cafes that serve the UVA community.

When one of the businesses on the Corner closed about two years ago, the University bought the building at 1515 University Avenue with the idea that it could be transformed into a flexible student space. What was interesting about the development of the project was that students were involved in every step. Facilities management documented the renovation process, so many of us were eagerly watching as the project progressed.

When 1515 opened, it became a hub of student activity immediately. Jack recently took a tour of the building, which has space for studying, music performances, exercise, playing games (hello, free skee ball, pool, foosball, air hockey, and video games!), meditating, and group meetings. There's also a coffee bar called Crumbs with the most beautiful desserts, which was closed during our morning visit. 1515 is open until 2 AM and it's full of students no matter what time I walk by.

I hope you enjoy the video by the Office of the Dean of Students' marketing team!