Site preparation work has begun on Washington and Lee University's new Hillel House project on Washington Street.
Hillel House is a $4 million project that will create a physical home for Jewish life on the W&L campus. More than 170 individual and couples made gifts and commitments to the project, which was aided by major challenge pledges from two trustees, Donald Childress of Atlanta and Mark Eaker of Austin, Tex.
The new building was designed by the Richmond-based architectural firm of Glave and Holmes, which specializes in creating "context-specific design that fits seamlessly into the cultural and historical milieu of a given community."
Plans currently call for Hillel House to open for the 2010-2011 academic year.