Notable Project Timeline
Observatory Hill Dining Hall
Historic Preservation FrameWork Plan This plan evaluated over 140 buildings and landscapes, setting the framework for the continued preservation and study of the University’s post-Jefferson built history.
Claude Moore Nursing Education Building
Claude Moore Medical Education Building
Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center
2011 and beyond
Rugby Administrative Building
While the Grounds Plan presents a vision and guidance for University development over the next twenty or more years, UVa is actively involved with implementing sustainabilityprograms in the present. Multiple initiatives have been developed throughout University practices, as presented in the 2006 Sustainability Assessment. Of particular significance is the Board of Visitors (BOV) 2007 approval of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, USGBC) certification for all future buildings and major renovations; BOV 2007 approval of the Grounds Improvement Fund (GIF) which provides for improvements of pedestrian, bicycle, and transit facilities throughout Grounds; and the sustainability assessment described below, which provides a tool for continuous sustainable improvements for UVa.
Delivering a sustainable vision for the University will be a collaborative effort involving many partners including the various Schools, administrative officials, faculty, staff, student groups and other authorities. All partners will need to contribute to realizing the short and long term goals for the successful implementation of a sustainability process. Recognizing that new technologies may emerge in the future, and that the economics of some current technologies may improve over time, it is intended that the 2008 Grounds Plan will strive to promote progressively higher standards for sustainable design. This approach will provide flexibility in achieving sustainability goals through the most technologically and economically feasible means.
To implement this sustainable vision, UVa will utilize the SPeAR™ (Sustainability Project Appraisal Routine) sustainability framework tool designed by ARUP, the global firm of engineers, planners, designers and business consultants. This tool was developed to allow assessment in four major areas: natural resources, environment, social and economic, that broadly reflect the three major categories used in the triple bottom line of equity, economy and environment. The four quadrants represent specific issues identified within the United Nations’ Brundtland Commission report, “Our Common Future”, a basis for sustainability programs for local authorities around the world. It is intended that the SPeAR assessment process be coupled with the annual management objectives cycle at UVA and updated accordingly.
THE SPeAR™ assessment is based on a seven-point scale, shown here in the exemplary diagram. Areas of strength are indicated by bright green segments close to the center of the perimeter, designated by the number “3” and areas of weakness are indicated by dark red segments around the perimeter designated by the number “-3”. This enables trade-offs between indicators when specific alternative actions are compared. The baseline assessment establishes the current sustainable strategies implemented at UVa. The assessment identifies strengths, weaknesses, gaps and opportunities, which provide a starting point to track UVa’s performance and to identify proposed improvements.