July 20, 2024

Adventure Brewing to Open Second Site in Eagle Village

Adventure Brewing – Eagle Village is set to open in late fall in the space previously occupied by Blackstone Coffee.

Adventure Brewing – Eagle Village is set to open in late fall in the space previously occupied by Blackstone Coffee.

The University of Mary Washington Foundation announced today that the Eagle Village space that formerly housed Blackstone Coffee will become home to a different type of brew. Adventure Brewing Company, based in Stafford, will open a second location in the section of Eagle Village that fronts Jefferson Davis Highway.

Adventure Brewing’s owners, Tim Bornholtz, Stan Johnson and Russ Patishnock, said the move has been part of the company’s strategic plan to have a facility within the City of Fredericksburg. “This location is one more way we can expand the adventurous spirit that has long been part of our core business plan,” Patishnock said. “We are thrilled to be able to provide our amazing line of craft beer and hard seltzers that we are recognized for.”

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Adventure Brewing to Open Second Site in Eagle Village

The University of Mary Washington Foundation announced today that the Eagle Village space that formerly housed Blackstone Coffee will become home to a different type of brew. Adventure Brewing Company, based in Stafford, will open a second location in the section of Eagle Village that fronts Jefferson Davis Highway. Adventure Brewing’s owners, Tim Bornholtz, Stan […]

Foundation Converts to Google

In order to  ​update and improve its platform for ​data  processing, ​ and file sharing and storage, the ​UMW ​Foundation has ​just completed a major ​conversion over to Google’s suite of applications, email and cloud services.

Effective immediately, the email addresses for Foundation staff will ​change to the following:

Jeff Rountree                jeff.rountree@umwf.org
Greg Branner                greg.branner@umwf.org
Shannon Williams      shannon.williams@umwf.org
Peggy Simpkins           peggy.simpkins@umwf.org
Jean Stumbaugh         jean.stumbaugh@umwf.org
Melinda Albrycht        melinda.albrycht@umwf.org

All emails to umw.edu are being forwarded temporarily, however we recommend ​that you update your contact lists.  Please pass this information along to those who are in your department.

Thank ​ you​ for your understanding ​and patience with any bumps in the road that we may encounter. Please let us know if you have any questions.




Peggy Simpkins, CPS
Executive Assistant to the CEO
University of Mary Washington Foundation
1125 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Suite 200
Fredericksburg, VA  22401
Office 540.654.2060
FAX 540.654.1064


Hyatt Place Fredericksburg To Open in Eagle Village

The Hyatt Place Fredericksburg will open on Tuesday, Jan. 21 Photographerin the Eagle Village mixed-use development located across from the University of Mary Washington’s Fredericksburg campus. The hotel, built by the UMW Foundation, is the first boutique hotel of its kind serving the university, downtown Fredericksburg and the Mary Washington Health System, according to Jim Fournier, general manager of the hotel. “Hyatt Place Fredericksburg at Mary Washington is located in a very desirable and historic area, and we’re looking forward to creating a positive travel experience for each and every guest that walks through our doors,” Fournier said. The 93-room, five-story hotel blends historical and modern elements, and features 89 studios and three executive suites and one presidential suite. The facility also houses an indoor heated salt-water pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center, more than 1,500 square feet of flexible meeting space, an exterior courtyard with a fountain and fire pit bars, a gallery lobby with 24-hour food and beverage service, and 1,400 square feet of retail space. The Hyatt Place Fredericksburg began accepting reservations earlier this month and already has booked events, including weddings, reunions and meetings for associations and university-affiliated groups. Jeff Rountree, chief executive officer for the UMW Foundation, said the new hotel will bring additional meeting space, first-class lodging and new jobs to the area. The hotel is owned by the UMW Foundation and will be managed by Interstate Hotel and Resorts. “By partnering with Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, the UMW Foundation is bringing one of the most iconic symbols of hospitality to our region,” Rountree said. The Hyatt Place Fredericksburg is the first project to benefit from the commonwealth’s new Virginia Tourism Development Financing program, which provides economic incentives to developers of projects that benefit tourism. For reservations or more information about the Hyatt Place Fredericksburg, call (540) 654-3333 or email the hotel at Hyattplacefredericksburg.com.

UMW Foundation Purchases Former Hostess Brands Warehouse

The University of Mary Washington Foundation has purchased the former Hostess Brands property located in the 1300 block of Powhatan Street. The property is located adjacent to the Foundation’s Eagle Village mixed-use development and is across U.S. 1 from the university’s main campus.

The property is adjacent to the Foundation's Eagle Village.

The property is adjacent to the Foundation’s Eagle Village development.

“With nearly an acre of land and three useable buildings containing nearly 15,000 square feet of space, this property will accommodate University users immediately,” said Jeff Rountree, CEO of the UMW Foundation. “We also like the strategic location of this parcel as it relates to future development at Eagle Village.”

The Foundation initially negotiated with the court-appointed company Hilco, LLC, which handled the liquidation of all Hostess properties nationwide.  In September, a judge awarded all Hostess properties to Hackman Capital, a Los Angeles-based investment fund.  At that time, the Foundation, and other University officials began negotiations with Hackman Capital.  The sale was finalized on October 24.

“I am pleased that we are able to add this property to our holdings at Eagle Village,” said President Richard V. Hurley. “The property will provide much-needed storage space in the short-term. We also will begin reviewing other usage options.”

Hyatt Place Fredericksburg Names General Manager

The University of Mary Washington Foundation and Interstate Hotels & Resorts have appointed James A. Fournier as general manager for the 93-room Hyatt Place Fredericksburg hotel currently under construction. Located in the Eagle Village mixed-use development complex between Mary Washington Hospital and the University of Mary Washington, the Hyatt Place broke ground last August and plans to open in the fall of 2013. The hotel is owned by the University of Mary Washington Foundation and will be operated by Interstate Hotels & Resorts. As general manager for the hotel, Fournier will cultivate and lead the hotel’s executive team and manage the hotel through the pre-opening phase into opening and full operations, with responsibility for day-to-day operations upon opening. Fournier brings 23 years of experience to his role, including 12 years in operations leadership as a general manager with Marriott, Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn by Marriott properties. Most recently, he was general manager at the Residence Inn in Alexandria, where he successfully managed the hotel through the construction phase to opening. During his tenure with Marriott, Fournier received numerous accolades, including the Top Operations Excellence Award in 2010 based on high quality assurance and guest service satisfaction scores. “Jim is a top performer in the hotel business and brings the level of service and experience to our hotel that both we as owners, and Hyatt as a global brand, will expect from a general manager,” said Jeff Rountree, CEO of the UMW Foundation. “Our goal is to run a hotel with the customer service and friendliness of a Ritz Carlton, but within the body of a select-service hotel product. We believe this can be done and we believe Jim is the right man for the job.” Fournier has a degree from Springfield College in Springfield, Mass. The premium select-service Hyatt Place Fredericksburg hotel is located at 1241 Jefferson David Highway.  Upon completion, the hotel will have 93 spacious guestrooms featuring the Hyatt Grand Bed™ and Cozy Corner sofa-sleeper; 2,000 square feet of meeting space; an indoor pool and fitness center; Gallery Menu, Fresh 24/7 and Gallery Market for a la carte items; a coffee and spirits bar; a complimentary hot breakfast; and complimentary Wi-Fi in guestrooms and throughout the hotel.

City of Fredericksburg, UMW Foundation Awarded Statewide Honor for Eagle Village Hotel

The City of Fredericksburg and the University of Mary Washington Foundation received a statewide 2013 Community Economic Development Award at the Virginia Economic Development Association’s spring conference on Friday, March 29, in Charlottesville. The award recognized the Hyatt Place-Fredericksburg hotel at Eagle Village for the creative financing enabled by the city’s Tourism Zone program, the new Virginia Tourism Development financing program and the entrepreneurial strength of its developer, the UMW Foundation. The Fredericksburg Department of Economic Development and Tourism nominated the project for the award. “We are pleased that the UMW Foundation and the city were able to use city and state programs to make this valuable project possible,” said Karen Hedelt, director of Economic Development and Tourism. “VEDA’s recognition of the efforts is very much appreciated.” The hotel is the second phase of Eagle Village, the city’s first mixed-use development adjacent to UMW’s Fredericksburg campus. The five-story, 93-room hotel, currently under construction, is scheduled to open later this year. It adjoins the first phase of the Eagle Village project, completed by the UMW Foundation in 2010, which houses premium student apartments, prime retail and office space, and a secured parking deck. Jeff Rountree, CEO of the UMW Foundation, is pleased with the recognition. “When Gov. McDonnell created the Tourism Development Financing Program in 2011, we knew right away we wanted to work with our partners at the city and be the first developer in the commonwealth to adopt and utilize this creative financing structure,” Rountree said. “Thanks to this program, the UMW Foundation’s Hyatt hotel will create new jobs in the region, generate new revenue for Fredericksburg, provide a needed hospitality service and revitalize an under-utilized commercial site within the city.” Fredericksburg’s City Council approved a $310,000 Tourism Zone performance grant for the hotel in 2011. The city and foundation worked with the Virginia Tourism Corporation to secure a $310,000 state matching grant for the hotel through the Virginia Tourism Development Financing Program, the first one approved by VTC since the program’s creation. The city and state grants, funded by sales tax revenues generated by the hotel, allowed the foundation to close the final gap in financing the $15 million project. Currently, the hotel generates 100 construction jobs; upon opening, it will support 55 new jobs.   Hotel guests will have a short walk across the U.S. 1 pedestrian bridge to the campus and the newly-opened 52,000-square-foot Anderson Center, which hosts athletic events, concerts, commencement ceremonies, convocations and year-round special events. “The UMW Foundation Board is proud to be associated with such an innovative and rewarding project which will greatly enhance the City of Fredericksburg and Eagle Village,” said Kathleen Mehfoud, chair of the UMW Foundation Board. The VEDA annual awards program was instituted in 2007 to recognize outstanding communities in the commonwealth for their efforts in advancing the economic viability of their communities.

New Staff Members at UMW Foundation

Melinda Albrycht

The Foundation would like to introduce our new staff members: Gregory A. Branner, CPA, 1985 graduate of UMW, joined us in October as the Director of Finance and Administration.   Shannon C. Williams, CPA, joined us in March as Controller.  Melinda D. Albrycht joined us in January as an accountant.  Greg came to us from the UVa Health Services Foundation while Shannon and Melinda both moved over from other positions at UMW.  Please join us in welcoming them.


Greg Branner

Shannon Williams

UMW Foundation Releases Preliminary Renderings for Eagle Village Hotel

Plans are moving forward for the University of Mary Washington Foundation’s construction of a $14 million-plus select-service hotel in the second phase of the Eagle Village mixed-use development across U.S. 1 from the Fredericksburg campus of the University of Mary Washington. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2012.

The five-story hotel, to be located between Giant Food and the Eagle Village Executive Offices, will feature 93 studio rooms or suites, several meeting and conference rooms for public use, and a 24-hour food and beverage service for guests. The 66,500-square-foot facility also will include an indoor pool and a fitness center. In addition, the building will house approximately 1,600 square feet of retail space, possibly a day spa, according to Jeff Rountree, CEO of the UMW Foundation and President, Eagle Property Holdings, LLC.

Construction will begin when demolition of the shopping center north of Giant is complete. The hotel is expected to open by fall 2013. Currently, the Foundation is negotiating the franchise agreement for the hotel brand, which will be announced once the agreement is finalized in early May.