Infrastructure systems provide energy and water, and manage the flow of sanitary sewer / stormwater for the University. The University’s infrastructure systems--electrical, heating, cooling plants and utility corridors, as well as waste, recycling, stormwater management, and metering and information systems--represent both the key to infill development on Grounds and its limit. Efficient, reliable, and innovative management of these systems is crucial to the continued expansion and improvement of the University’s academic, research, residential and athletic facilities.
UVA’s Energy and Utilities Department of Facilities Management provides efficient and reliable utilities and recycling to facilities in support of the University. This is accomplished with appreciation for renewable and recoverable resources, dedication to environmental conservation, and pride in the historical and cultural legacy of the Grounds. The Department is responsible for minimizing energy and water usage through its management program, which considers all opportunities for achieving energy savings, including consolidation of plants, design and implementation of energy saving operations, and commissioning and scheduled maintenance procedures. Natural systems, specifically streams and related hydrological networks within the Grounds, act as green infrastructure, helping to perform critical stormwater management functions. Based on a “Water Balance” model, a strategic plan has been created for the University to help minimize net stormwater impacts and demonstrate the value of alterative management techniques involving natural system restoration for developed areas that sustain large amounts of stormwater run-off. A robust recycling program reduces the University’s solid waste by more than 40%.
BY pursuing these objectives embodying the principles of environmental quality and connectivity—promoting interaction within the University community, multiple uses of green spaces and buildings, ease and safety of circulation, a pleasing spatial order, mindful management of resources and impact—the Grounds Plan assures that all the University’s systems can accommodate growth compatible with sustainability.
Section 3 of the Plan, drawing on the Grounds Plan program model developed by UVa, provides an estimate of growth for the next twenty years with the use of redevelopment zones. This approach shows in concrete ways how redevelopment within and among the University’s main precincts—Central, West, and North Grounds—can meet projected needs and heighten opportunities for multi-disciplinary collaboration, increasing the integration and coherence of the University’s academic, spatial, and cultural environment.