The College of William & Mary has announced a $15 million gift from alumna Hunter J. Smith ('51) in support of the expansion and renovation of Alumni House.
The largest gift ever to the university in support of alumni engagement will support a $20.7 million project to add approximately 35,000 square feet to the current, nearly 170-year-old building. The additions will include a new entrance with a dedicated reception area, event space, a lounge and business center, third-floor space for future operations and activities, and outdoor improvements such as a new terrace, enclosed garden, and plaza. The university has raised an additional $4.2 million to fund the project and hopes to create a $4.5 million endowment to support operation and maintenance costs. Construction is expected to begin next spring 2018 and be completed in the fall of 2019.
Smith's previous gifts to William & Mary have supported a range of programs and initiatives, including Freshman Seminars, recent enhancements to Zable Stadium, renovations to the Pi Beta Phi sorority house, the Fund for William & Mary, scholarships, Swem Library, and the Tribe Club.
"This expansion, with its prominent architectural features, will transform the current Alumni House into an impressive gathering place that all alumni will be able to enjoy when they come home to Williamsburg," said Smith. "Preserving the elegance and character of the historic house is an important part of the upgrade, and I eagerly await construction to begin on this project."