Central Campus is Longwood’s main artery - a thoroughfare that connects the historic core of North Campus with Greenwood Library, Dorrill Dining Hall and the academic departments and facilities to the south. Brock Commons, with its fountains and gathering places, bustles with life and activity between and after classes, and represents the heart of Longwood’s physical campus and its sense of community.
Performing Arts Center Proposed
Every great university elevates the arts. One of the essential needs identified in the planning process is a mid-sized performing arts venue – a quality space for performances that seats approximately 500 people. The plan envisions a performing arts center along South Main Street that will provide a signature home for the performing arts at Longwood as well as a community venue that will bring to campus alumni and visitors from across the region. The facility would also include a new parking garage.
“The new performing arts center is a big deal. When we were researching Longwood, we were struck by the number of concerts and performances that happen here. This is an opportunity to put the arts right at the center of the campus, where they belong. There’s a venue size that isn’t met regionally — you have spaces that are 150 seats and one that is more than 1,000, but we can meet in the middle.” -John Kirk, Cooper Robertson
“The Performing Arts Center, together with the Multi-Purpose addition to Willett Hall, will anchor two major public realm buildings at the south end of Downtown Farmville. These buildings will contribute to the animation of a new, walkable downtown community.”
-Tom Frisbie-Fulton, university architect
Not Yet Designed, Below Is A Comparably Sized Venue
Willett Hall RenovationProposed, Partially Completed
Willett Hall, site of the 2016 U.S. Vice Presidential Debate, is the home court for Longwood’s men’s and women’s basketball teams. It also houses some of Longwood’s most popular academic programs, such as athletic training and therapeutic recreation.
The first step to improving Willett was the construction of a handsome new façade across the front of the building. The new façade was completed in fall 2016 before the Vice Presidential debate. Eventually the remainder of the current structure will be completely renovated to replace old equipment and systems, enhance the appearance and functionality of the interior space, and improve the building’s ability to meet the requirements of the growing academic programs.
Special Events VenueProposed
The master plan’s concept for the East Redford Street is for the area to become a focal point of public engagement opportunities including education, sports, entertainment, and community and special events. The Special Events Venue, to be built on the current site of the Willett tennis courts, will anchor Brock Commons to Redford and South Main Streets, enhancing campus and community connections. This new facility will provide a significant number of seats for community, entertainment, athletic, and special events.
“These projects are needed because, with the increased space, opportunities to host multiple class reunions, convocations, or a variety of other events will be made available. This space will also give the HARK program room to expand in a way it desperately needs to.” -John Kirk, Cooper Robertson.
Curry & Frazer Renovation Under Construction
While these two large residence halls are among the most recognizable features of Longwood’s campus, they are not the most beloved. Curry and Frazer do, however, play an essential role in the life of Longwood’s residential college community. After careful consideration of space needs and options, the Master Plan envisions architectural interventions to give the buildings a more collegiate and welcoming feel.
In order to determine a specific plan for all student housing, Longwood hired an architecture and engineering firm in fall 2016 to evaluate several options. The leading alternative that quickly emerged was to completely renovate Curry and Frazer Halls as soon as possible. Subsequently, at its June 2017 meeting, the Longwood Board of Visitors approved a project to carry out the renovations.
The renovation plan will preserve the steel and concrete structures of the buildings – saving millions of dollars – but will completely rebuild the remainder of the buildings (exteriors, building systems, internal space configuration and interior finishes).
Other key features of the renovations include glass enclosed lounges at one end of each floor, an open plaza in place of the existing commons building, and a new vehicle pull-off area from South Main Street. The redesigned exteriors will turn these buildings into an architectural asset that will highlight the classic Longwood features while becoming a beacon to Longwood on the Farmville skyline. Work commenced on Frazer Hall in spring 2018, and will commence on Curry Hall in 2019.
Frazer Hall will be ready for occupancy in fall 2019, and Curry Hall will be ready for occupancy in fall 2020.
“There’s something neat about the fact that Longwood has the two tallest buildings anywhere around Farmville or beyond, and they’re highly visible from a great many places approaching Farmville. We can take what they are and transform them into a handsome Georgian apartment building fairly easily. Now, buildings that were originally designed to turn their back on Main Street become two iconic buildings that say ‘Longwood’ very clearly.” -John Kirk, Cooper Robertson
“What has emerged is a creative, handsome and highly cost-effective solution that will preserve the residence halls’ role as an energetic hub of campus life.” – President W. Taylor Reveley IV
West Redford Gateway Proposed
The West Redford Street entrance is used frequently by faculty, staff and visitors, but has received little previous attention. With the completion of the Student Success Center, which will sit above the entrance to the underground parking garage between Greenwood Library and Lankford Hall, there will be a new facade and opportunity to create an attractive and welcoming entrance to campus off of Griffin Boulevard. The Master Plan calls for landscape improvements and a more cohesive walking area that tie the West Redford entrance together with the rest of campus.
New Residence Halls Completed*
Longwood recently opened two new residence halls in the heart of campus – representing an ongoing and substantial commitment to building a vibrant, rich residential experience for students. Longwood recognizes the value of students living and learning together in close-knit communities on the main campus. Register and Sharp Halls opened to students in the fall 2016 semester. Facing each other in the space between ARC Residence Hall and Greenwood Library, Register and Sharp Halls will form a thriving quad in the heart of campus. *This project is from the previous master plan.
Student Success Center – Brock Hall Completed*
The planned West Redford Gateway, envisioned as a welcoming entrance to campus from Griffin Boulevard, will showcase the new Student Success Center, which is under construction in the area between Greenwood Library and Lankford Hall. This new building was dedicated on May 18, 2018 by President Reveley and Joan Brock, and the occupants moved in during early June. Named in honor of the Joan and Mason Brock Endowment for Transformational Learning, Brock Hall houses resources and academic support staff to help our students achieve at the highest level. *This project is from the previous master plan.