Expansion Project Milestones

Get the latest updates on the Expansion Project and the construction of Shumway Hall. Watch a live feed of the construction project below and periodically revisit this page for the latest milestones.


Project Updates

A Building Update - Feb 19, 2024

The countdown begins. We’re a year away from the opening of the Commerce Complex, and we’re excited to share this special video update showcasing the progress made on Shumway Hall and Cobb Hall throughout fall and winter 2023 and early 2024.

Commemorative Beam Installation - Oct 25, 2023

To mark the completion of the highest point on Shumway Hall, commonly known as “topping out,” a commemorative steel beam was installed bearing the signature of the building’s namesake, along with those of our generous donors and University officials whose support has turned blueprints into reality. While secluded from public view, the beam can be seen on special tours when the building officially opens to the public.

Atrium Tour - Spring 2023

Take a tour of the centerpiece of Shumway Hall. Serving as a community gathering and study area, this versatile space in the Commerce Complex can be transformed into a high-capacity venue that can host large-scale events.

Time-Lapse Demolition and Reconstruction - 2022-2023

Enjoy this visual journey documenting the demolition and the reconstruction of century-old Cobb Hall and the construction progress of Shumway Hall.

Tunnel Construction - Jan 04, 2023

The tunnel connecting Shumway Hall to Rouss & Robertson Halls is in place; this will be completed and buried before the foundations and steel structure is erected for Shumway Hall.

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Cobb Hall Demolition - Oct 04, 2022

Demolition begins on Cobb Hall. Originally built in 1917 to house the Chemistry Department, the building, along with the new Shumway Hall, will become part of the Commerce Complex. During the renovation, Cobb Hall will be transformed to include cutting-edge research and classroom spaces. Many of the building’s historical features, such as the original skylight and high ceilings, will be restored.

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Groundbreaking - Sep 16, 2022

McIntire breaks ground on the expansion project with special guests. A ceremony, which included remarks from UVA President Jim Ryan and Virginia First Lady Suzanne Youngkin, and Chris Shumway took place in front of Rouss Hall on the Lawn to recognize the continued growth of one of the nation’s finest business schools.

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