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August/September 2014

Battle Building at UVA Children’s Hospital

By Renee Bogda
Photographs by Coe Sweet/UVA Health Systems


From somewhere nearby, a child hears a familiar voice say, “I spy, with my little eye, something that roars.”

Searching for lions in an I-Spy silhouette of Dorothy is just one of many interactive features at the University of Virginia’s newest children’s hospital.

People from around the community were able to get a first-hand look when the Barry and Bill Battle Building held its ribbon cutting ceremony this summer on June 14th. The new facility promises to provide the dynamic, strategic care that a Battle namesake suggests.

University of Virginia President Theresa Sullivan said at the opening ceremony, “Mom and Dad don’t have to drive around from clinic to clinic. They can be in one place with all of our specialists, and it’s an environment that helps children not to be afraid.”

Located on West Main Street next to the university, the building will house all of the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital outpatient services. These services have been organized into comprehensive “neighborhoods” and were constructed with the specific needs and curiosity of children in mind.

“You can never really do enough for a child or a family when that child has a serious illness,” said James P. Nataro, MD, PhD, MBA, chair of the Department of Pediatrics, “But we’re committed to doing as much as we possibly can.”

The Battle Building demonstrates a significant commitment to patrons of the Children’s Hospital. This seven-story, 200,000 square foot building cost over $141 million, and has been under construction since the groundbreaking ceremony in June of 2011. The most striking aspects of this innovative facility are the consolidation of all 36 of the Children’s Hospital’s specialty clinics, and the child-oriented atmosphere of storytelling.







































An Albemarle School Leaves a Lasting Legacy
Although it doors closed last Spring, Beau Pre Kindergarten lives on in the hearts of it’s alumni and friends.

By John Kelly
Photographs by Rob Garland


Here’s the thing about truly magical places…they hold onto their magic. That’s what I found out when I visited Beau Pre. The preschool touched the lives of many Charlottesville area families for more than 40 years before closing its doors in the spring of 2013. The more its creator, Berta Wood, and former Beau Pre teacher Susan Smith talked about the school and shared their memories, the more this special school came alive again. We walked across and expansive field, home to so much wonderment over the years. The stories were so real you sometimes had to look back just to make sure a gaggle of children were not close on your heels.

Berta Wood was the soul of Beau Pre Kindergarten, a tireless and visionary architect for a way of learning and living that encompassed her heritage, her passion, her educational vision, her unwavering belief in the potential of every child, and an undying devotion to the power of magic.



A Golf Course to Dye For
Keswick Hall in Central Virginia is set to unveil it’s new course this August designed by world-renowned golf course architect Pete Dye.

Compiled by Renee Bogda


Pete Dye has been creating golf courses since 1961, after achieving success as an amateur golfer. Dye has designed all across the country, and his renown has brought him to build courses in the Dominican Republic, Israel, and Italy as well. Among his many awards, he received the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in November 2008. Ken Wang, owner the Pound Ridge Golf Club, once likened playing a Dye course to “standing inside a giant math problem conjured up by a master of geometry.”




































Last Laugh
Two by Two

By Louise B. Parsley


Now I know how Noah felt. He was only 600 years old when it rained on his parade. After a few days of frog chokers in my area, I just look like it. Any more rain and I’ll start breathing through my neck.

As I was packing up a few books to run away to our Texas hill country home one last time before the temperatures cool, I looked outside my window—that window through which I contemplate life from my office...wondering from where in the world the right words will come.

There, perched under the eave, were two feathered friends—a pair of albino dove. Adopting my backyard as their home, they often peer in my window as if they’re keeping steady watch over me. This time, they were poised, cooing goodbye.

As I drove from flat, rain-soaked streets across broad plains to dry, rocky terrain, the air became singed with refreshing cedar. Turning down the last stretch of asphalt to our river house, I could not help but notice the change that is...well, change.































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