Kluge-Moses: Feng shui gets scientific at PVCC building

onarch-klugebuilding-rib-wbWilliam Moses and his wife Paticia Kluge, who donated $1.2 million to the project, cut the ribbon in the building that bears their names.

Students already taking classes at Piedmont Virginia Community College's new Kluge-Moses Science Building, which opened in the spring, had to pass through a throng of more than hundred people who'd gathered in the building's atrium for the official opening ceremony on September 16, attended by Patricia Kluge and her husband William Moses, the couple whose $1.2 million gift for the project was the largest in school history.

As PVCC president Frank Friedman pointed out, the Kluge-Moses gift, while only a small part of the $11.5 million price tag, made up of mostly state funds, allowed the college to add cutting-edge technology that it might have had to eliminate, such as classroom whiteboards that copy anything written on them as PDF computer files, and two-way video systems that allow students and faculty to consult with colleagues around the world.

onarch-klugeblg-stairs-webThe building includes elegant stairways and walls of glass.

Friedman also proudly noted that enrollment at the college had increased 30 percent since 2002, to 5,600 students this fall, and that many of those new students were studying in science-related fields, a trend he hoped the new building would nurture.

As for Kluge and Moses, Friedman called them "good friends" and "visionaries in the wine industry" who'd helped establish the study of viticulture at the college.

"I'm a real believer in Feng-shui," said Kluge in a quiet, aristocratic British accent, gesturing toward the large windows of the atrium. "And I have felt it in this building."

Indeed, the interior of the 34,000 square-foot building, designed by The Lukmire Partnership in Arlington, with much faculty input, features lots of glass, winding stairways, and lovely natural light everywhere. It felt more like a hotel than school building.

Kluge, too, had a certain feng-shui about her, wearing a dignified pin-striped black skirt and jacket, gold earrings, and a three-tiered gold and pink necklace. In her black heels, and holding a small clutch, she towered over her husband and most of the crowd.

Kluge referred to herself and Moses as "farmers" and self-deprecatingly credit her husband for doing "all the work."

Moses, admitting to feeling nervous as he entered the building (having not been a stellar college chemistry student), was quick to remind folks how hard his wife worked, and that while they appreciated having their name on the building, the "real honor belongs to the architects, builders, faculty, and students that will come through here."

Kluge made no mention of her ex-husband, billionaire philanthropist John Kluge, who died September 7 at the age of 95, and whose divorce from the former British-Iraqi socialite and sex columnist cost him an unstated cache of cash and a 17,865 square-foot house (the contents of which Kluge and Moses auctioned off this year).

Later, the Kluge-Moses entourage toured the building, which included visits to state-of-the-art chemistry and biology classrooms that were in session. The building also houses classrooms and labs for microbiology and biotech, nursing, emergency medical services, surgical technology, gross anatomy, and anatomy and physiology.

More photos:

onarch-klugeblg-class-web1Assistant chemistry professor Frances Rees shows Kluge and company the new equipment.
onarch-klugeblg-class-webPVCC biology students perform experiments as the tour looks on.
onarch-klugebuilding-web2The exterior of the Kluge-Moses Science Building.
onarch-klugebuilding-web1The entrance to the building.
onarch-klugeblg-stairs-web1More feng-shui.


Anyone else notice the irony of PVCC's Science Building being designed by the principles of feng shui? Gotta make sure the "flow of energy" is right in the Science Building, do we?

Don your reading monocle again panopticon. Search to see if the article actually says that feng shui principles were considered in the design process. PK merely claims to "have felt it" in the building.

Feng shui after the fact, then? Just thought it an odd thing to mention in regards to a "science building". My reading monocle is very high-res: i tend to notice stuff like that.
Meanwhile i was wondering if there were any astrologers out there that could tell me the best time to hold a weekly Skeptics meeting...

Good Luck! The student and staff should be happy.

Hello..... This is sneha here i like very much picture of feng shui building.......... thanks .

I am always glad to see equipment, resources, and buildings made available to PVCC. Dr. Frank Friedman and the staff of too many to mention here, have done a consistently excellent job of preparing many either for direct work, or for transfer to universities.
Several of my children used PVCC as a stepping stone to fine universities afterward. They have often said that PVCC provided the best tutelage they received anywhere, and that was before the consideration of cost per value.
Congratulations PVCC. You deserve all the philanthropy and allocations you get. You change lives.

So the benefactors of the science building were just promoting pseudo-science? Well, that's certainly their prerogative.