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School of Veterinary Medicine Community Dedicates Gladys Valley Hall

June 29, 2006

A team of Percheron horses and a sense of anticipation accompanied scores of guests and members of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine at the June 15 dedication of Gladys Valley Hall.

With the opening of this essential classroom building, the school is about one-third of the way toward realizing its $354 million long-range facilities plan. Gladys Valley Hall is the instructional heart of the emerging veterinary campus, which contains the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, Vet Med III A, and other facilities.

"Gladys Valley Hall will serve as a home of lifelong learning for DVM and MPVM students and a welcoming center for alumni events and continuing education," says Dean Bennie Osburn. The two-story building will accommodate large-scale lectures, classroom discussions, computer study sessions, student volunteer activities, informal faculty-student exchanges, and alumni gatherings.

GladysThe building incorporates two large auditoriums, five classrooms and four seminar rooms, large and small conference areas, and a computer classroom/ office suite for the Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine program.

The structure also contains rooms dedicated to training in diagnostic imaging and clinical practice. Quiet zones for individual or group study, an office for student organizations, and homerooms for each of the first three class years are among the facility features. A mother’s room, seven showers and 450 lockers round out the list of amenities.

Construction costs totaled $27 million and came from university and other public funds as well as private sources. Alumni and other friends of the school gave $2.6 million to expand the facility by 12 percent and provide additional upgrades and instructional equipment.

The building is named for Gladys Valley, longtime friend of the school, horse lover and co-founder of the Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation of Oakland, California. The school proudly honors both the foundation and family who took the lead in helping the school when its facilities crisis developed in 1998. The gift of $10.7 million— at that time the largest donation the school had ever received—jumpstarted building construction, inspired further giving, and helped the school regain full AVMA accreditation. An alumni committee, headed by Dr. Niels Pedersen and Dr. Michael Floyd, raised nearly $3 million for the project. Among its distinctions, Gladys Valley Hall is the first campus building to seek certification under the United States Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system. The facility will use one-third less energy than a building of standard design.

The next step required in the facilities plan is to obtain funding for Vet Med III B, a research facility that will accommodate faculty now working in Haring Hall. Construction funding depends on the passage of a $10.4 billion bond act scheduled to go before voters in November 2006. If the bond passes, the school must raise at least $17.8 million in additional private support to assure completion of the project before the next accreditation review in 2012.

Media contact:

Lynn Narlesky, Office of the Dean, 530-752-5257