May 29, 2023

Campus Capital Project Update: Chandler, Woodard and Mercer Halls

The university’s new Campus Center, which will occupy the current location of Chandler Hall, will require temporary relocations of faculty offices, classrooms and event space.

At the end of the spring 2013 semester, the psychology and business faculty will move out of Chandler to other locations – business faculty will relocate to the second floor of George Washington Hall and psychology faculty will move into the two newly renovated annexes in front of Westmoreland Hall and next to Custis Hall. The College of Business and Department of Psychology will have permanent homes in renovated Woodard Hall and renovated Mercer Hall, respectively. Renovations to both Woodard Hall and Mercer Hall will include substantial additions, like a courtyard area between the two buildings.

Staff should begin considering options in the upcoming months regarding relocation of events typically held in Chandler Hall and Woodard Hall.

We appreciate your flexibility and patience as we begin this transition. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Rick Pearce at

Estimated Timelines:

April 2013 – annex renovations completed
May 2013 – faculty move to their temporary locations in George Washington Hall and the annexes
June 2013 – demolition and construction work will begin on Chandler Hall and the new Campus Center
June – August 2013 – early nondisruptive utility work may occur in the area of Woodard Hall and Mercer Hall
September – October 2013 – construction work will begin on Woodard Hall and Mercer Hall; Mercer Hall and parts of Woodard Hall, including the second floor and the Washroom, will go off-line in September
December 2014 – renovations and additions to Woodard Hall and Mercer Hall should be completed. Faculty will move into their new spaces once the work is finished.

About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.