University of Delaware
Office of Public Relations
The Messenger
Vol. 5, No. 4/1996
New face on the Mall

     Foundation work begins in October for Gore Hall, the new
$17.5 million classroom to be built between Mitchell Hall and
Sharp Laboratory-the first facility to be built on the
University's central Mall in more than 30 years.
     A gift from a prominent Delaware family supports the
construction of the new building, which is expected to be
completed in January 1998. Alumnus and trustee Robert W. Gore,
Delaware '59; alumna Sarah I. Gore, Delaware '76M; and Genevieve
W. Gore made possible this new addition to the heart of the
     On the main Mall, a fence has been erected around the site
of the new building, and relocation of utility lines at the site
has been ongoing since April. The pedestrian overpass across
South College Avenue, from Smith Hall to the site, has been
closed throughout the construction project.
     A redesigned overpass will play a part in the design of the
new building, which will use architectural design elements
similar to the other, older buildings on the Mall. According to
architect Allan Greenberg, Gore Hall will include keystones, jack
arches over the windows, a doric portico, string courses and the
same color and pattern of brickwork.
     Gore Hall will feature a range of classroom styles, with the
capacity for the latest technology for teaching incorporated into
its design.