ASHEVILLE NC – UNC Asheville today dedicated the “TD Bank Atrium” in Rhoades Hall, in honor of a major gift from TD Bank to the university. The atrium on the first floor of the newly and greenly renovated building is a popular study and meeting spot for environmental studies and other science students. Rhoades Hall houses science classrooms, labs and offices.
UNC Asheville dedicated the atrium in recognition of TD Bank’s gift of $200,000 to the UNC Asheville Foundation. The gift, given in 2011, took the form of a reduced purchase price paid by the Foundation for the 8.9-acre land parcel at 525 Broadway, adjacent to campus. A portion of that parcel will be used as part of the greenway along Reed Creek linking UNC Asheville and the Montford neighborhood with downtown.
“TD Bank is diligently working to be as green as our logo and helping UNC Asheville purchase the greenway land fits this vision,” said Charles Frederick, North Carolina market president for TD Bank. “TD Bank is proud to have our name on this beautiful atrium, which is used by students in the natural sciences, who will become leaders in environmental stewardship.”
“This new atrium brings important features to one of our main classroom buildings that will allow our values of environmental responsibility and top quality education to be visible to all,” said UNC Asheville Chancellor Anne Ponder. “We are so very grateful to TD Bank for their role in making this a reality.”
With large energy-efficient windows that provide natural lighting, the TD Bank Atrium has a prominent video dashboard displaying energy and water use to show the impact of Rhoades Hall’s green features and provide a reminder to conserve.
The naming ceremony took place on Thursday, May 16, in the TD Bank Atrium and also featured remarks by Keith Krumpe, UNC Asheville dean of natural sciences, Cissie Stevens, chair of UNC Asheville’s Board of Trustees, and Charles Wood, chair of the UNC Asheville Foundation Board of Directors.