Alumni Center Tour

"Building our Future, Honoring our Past"

The Barry M. Kornblau Alumni Center is a campus destination, a welcome gate for the entire university and its guests, a gathering place for alumni leaders, and become a place for meeting old friends, for remembering and reconnecting. Think of it as part nostalgic place, part meeting place, and part emotional retreat space where alumni can relax or reminisce. It's a place you can call home when you visit Old Dominion University.

The building's interior atmosphere evokes a warm, friendly feeling that we want to be characteristic of our campus. Moreover, our Alumni Center helps tie us back into Old Dominion University by enhancing our interest and involvement. It entices students to become active, committed alumni, appropriately welcomes visitors to campus and sends the message to alumni: "You are always welcome and connected here."


In 1963, Old Dominion College's School of Education relocated to a building situated at the corner of 49th Street and Hampton Boulevard, the same spot where today's Alumni Center now sits. That original building was known as "Finks Flats," named for T. Ross Fink, the first dean of the Darden School of Education (now the Darden College of Education). Finks Flats eventually housed the Department of Political Science and then campus security before being destroyed to make way for the existing facility in 1984. The existing building housed the Office of Public Safety from 1984 until the fall of 2003, when they relocated to Monarch Way in the University Village.

When plans to move the Office of Public Safety out of the building developed, university officials saw the newly vacated space as an opportunity to create Old Dominion's first-ever Alumni Center. TyMoff Moss Architects was brought in to redesign the space to meet the needs of the Alumni Association, and a committee of Alumni Association members was developed to work with the university, the architect and the contractor to develop the plans. Renovations to the building began in November 2003 and the Office of Alumni Relations staff officially moved into the building in early March 2004.


Directions and Parking

From Points North
Take I-95 south toward Richmond. Take the left exit #84A onto I- 295 S, following signs for "Norfolk/Virginia Beach." Remain on I-295 for approximately 12 miles, then exit at #28A (I- 64 E), again following signs to "Norfolk/Virginia Beach." Stay on I- 64 east for approximately 75 miles until you reach exit 276, VA- 406/NAVAL BASE/TERMINAL BLVD. Once on the exit ramp, stay right as it splits into a "Y." This will put you on I-564. Stay right on I-564, following the first exit for "Terminal Blvd." At the third traffic light, turn left onto Hampton Boulevard. Follow Hampton Boulevard for approximately 3 miles until you reach 49th Street. Turn right onto 49th Street. Make your first right into Parking Lot 8. Once you enter the parking lot, the Barry M. Kornblau Alumni Center will be on your right.

From Points South
Take I-85 north OR I-95 north to Route 58 east. (I-85 exit to 58 is in South Hill, Virginia. I-95 exit to 58 is in. Follow Route 58 east to I-264 east towards Portsmouth/Norfolk. Go through the Downtown Tunnel and follow signs to St. Paul's Boulevard. At the third light, make a left onto Brambleton Avenue. Follow Brambleton until you see signs for Hampton Blvd./ODU. Bear right onto Hampton Boulevard. Follow Hampton Boulevard until you reach 49th Street. Turn left onto 49th Street. Make your first right into Parking Lot 8. Once you enter the parking lot, the Barry M. Kornblau Alumni Center will be on your right.

Parking Details
There are four reserved parking spaces directly in front of the Kornblau Alumni Center (in parking lot 8, off of 49th Street) that may be used by alumni visiting the facility. Additionally, there are several metered spots in the same lot that can be used when visiting. No parking passes are needed when using any of these spots. To park elsewhere on campus, you will need an Old Dominion University visitor parking pass. To obtain such a pass, visit the Office of Parking Services, located in the first floor of the parking garage at the corner of 43rd Street and Elkhorn Avenue. Visitor parking passes will allow you to park in any available spot on campus with the exception of metered spots (payment required), reserved or handicap places. Visitor parking passes are issued free of charge. Faculty, staff and students are not eligible to obtain a visitor parking pass.

Quick Facts

Official Name
Barry M. Kornblau Alumni Center

Contact Information
Barry M. Kornblau Alumni Center Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA 23529 Phone: 757.683.3097 Toll-Free: 888.ODU.3435 Fax: 757.683.6293

Size and Features
Total square footage of the Barry M. Kornblau Alumni Center is 4,000 feet. Features include a 1,000-square-foot social area - complete with hardwood floor, fireplace, bookshelves and display cases - which can be turned into a multipurpose room; a tea room that opens onto a garden area and brick patio; conference room and a suite of offices for the alumni relations staff.

Building Namesake
Barry M. Kornblau, a 1971 political science graduate, who made a gift of $170,000 to the University for the renovations of the facility. Read more about Barry Kornblau.

Architect and Contractor
The renovations to the building were designed by Tymoff & Moss Architects.

Date Opened
The Office of Alumni Relations moved into the Barry M. Kornblau Alumni Center on March 4, 2004. Opening ceremonies for the building were held on May 21, 2004.

About Barry Kornblau

When longtime Old Dominion supporter Barry M. Kornblau learned of the Alumni Association's plans to help create the university's first-ever alumni center, he knew it was his opportunity to make a difference. He wanted to help give ODU's more than 90,000 alumni a comfortable place to call home on campus.

So the 1971 political science graduate made a significant contribution to his alma mater to help transform the former Public Safety Building into an alumni center. In recognition of his gift, the Alumni Association has recommended to the university's Board of Visitors that the building to named the Barry M. Kornblau Alumni Center.

An active supporter of ODU athletics, Kornblau is a member of the Educational Foundation board and a past member of the Alumni Association board of directors, Board of Visitors and Intercollegiate Foundation board.