07/20/2007

Ruby Memorial Hospital Architect Leaving University
Bob Carubia to leave after 33 years with WVU

 After more than three decades with West Virginia University, Bob Carubia, the man responsible for most of the Health Sciences campus’ architecture, will leave his position as assistant vice president of facilities.

Carubia began as a University architect in 1974.  Five years later, he was offered an opportunity to lead a four-month project designing Ruby Memorial Hospital.  Four months turned into decades of designing the hospital and its Health Sciences Center surroundings.

 Carubia’s designs aimed at preserving existing greenery, like this tree dedicated in his honor.

“It was pretty incredible to put the hospital together from having ideas to seeing the first patients use the facility,” Carubia said.  “In the 80s I was able to see all of the hospital’s red brick buildings popping up around me, and now there’s a second growth spurt occurring that I was able to be a part of.”

In fact, Carubia has been a part of many buildings on campus.  Those who have attended a game at Mountaineer Field, sat through class in the Law School or spent a night cramming in the Evansdale Library have seen the impact of his designs.

“So much of what you see on the Health Sciences campus and at the hospital is Bob’s vision,” Steve Tancin, vice president of ancillary and support services, said.  “His signature can be seen in the growth that began in the 1980s and continues today.”

“Working with people is really the job,” Carubia said. “It’s not the bricks and the mortar; it’s the people who use the place that matter.”
The Pratt University alumnus claims that being able to take people’s verbal requests and put them into a physical outcome is the most challenging part of any project but one he takes in stride.

“Bernie Westfall (former West Virginia University Hospitals’ president) used to joke that I knew where every wire was in the buildings I worked on,” Carubia joked.  “You know, he was probably right.”

The self-proclaimed workaholic will finish his WVU career on July 31 before taking some time to relax and focus on his volunteer efforts.  In 2000, he and wife Irene were awarded the West Virginia Governor’s Service Award for their service to the community.  In 2002 they were recipients of the Pace e Bene Award for organizing volunteer efforts in Monongahela County.

“I’m on the path to learning how to take it easy,” he said.  “I hope to travel some but I don’t know if I can give up the building business just yet.”

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
johnsa@wvuh.com
cw: 07-20-07

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