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UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
BOARD OF VISITORS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS COMMITTEE

November 7, 1997
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.,
East Oval Room, The Rotunda

I. CONSENT AGENDA

A. CLINCH VALLEY COLLEGE MASTER PLAN UPDATE -- All state colleges and universities are required by the Appropriation Act to have a master plan for reviewing requested capital projects. The Colleges last master plan update was completed in 1989, although it was revised in 1992 to include the new athletic complex. The plan has been updated again to reflect the Colleges current goals and objectives. The Buildings and Grounds Committee toured the campus and reviewed the master plan on September 8, 1997.

B. POLICY REVISION, ATHLETIC SIGNS -- The Buildings and Grounds Committee will consider a resolution to update Board policy on Athletic Signs. The Boards Ad Hoc Committee on Policy Reform examined the policy and determined that revisions were required; the policy was referred to the Buildings and Grounds Committee for revision on April 12, 1997.

II. ACTION ITEMS

A. ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN GUIDELINES, SCOTT STADIUM EXPANSION -- The design and construction of the Scott Stadium Expansion project is moving ahead rapidly with the goal of completing the project by the year 2000 football season. The project's current planning authorization is $10,000,000. A $40,000,000 construction authorization request has been submitted to the Governor. The architectural design guidelines are the first step in the Committees design review process. The selection of Heery International of Atlanta as the project architect was approved on August 21, 1997. The selection of Rich and Associates of Southfield, Michigan, as architects for the parking component of the project was approved on October 2, 1997. Barton Malow, the construction manager, was selected on September 17, 1997.

Executive Summary - Guidelines

Inherent in these Guidelines is the intent and scope of the Vision Statement for the Buildings and Grounds of the University of Virginia, adopted by the Board of Visitors on May 21, 1991. The Vision Statement shall be the primary reference for the overall design and planning of the Project.

The design will incorporate elements that are consistent with the character of the University, while at the same time, accommodating the existing architecture of the stadium, using brick, precast concrete and steel fences, gates, etc.

New entrance gates and ticket sales areas drawing from the designs of the original presidents and press pavilions should clearly identify entrances and establish appropriate architectural scale and character for the initial impression of the stadium. In addition, it is intended to maintain the open north end of the stadium, allowing views in from Alderman Road; to complete the geometry of the stadium, enhancing the sense of enclosure from inside the stadium; and to mediate the height of the tall new facade on the south end.

More of the area around the stadium will be designated for pedestrians in both ticketed and non-ticketed areas. Vehicular access will be controlled to minimize conflicts between pedestrians and vehicles.


B. ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN GUIDELINES, BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING AND MEDICAL SCIENCE BUILDING -- The building will be a 150,000 gross square feet research facility with two levels of below grade structured parking for 125 vehicles. The projects current planning authorization is $4,000,000. A $41,000,000 construction authorization request has been submitted to the Governor. The architectural design guidelines are the first step in the Committees design review process. The selection of Henningson, Durham and Richardson of Alexandria as the project architect was approved on June 13, 1997.

Executive Summary - Guidelines

Inherent in these Guidelines is the intent and scope of the Vision Statement for the Buildings and Grounds of the University of Virginia, adopted by the Board of Visitors on May 21, 1991. The Vision Statement will be the primary reference for the overall design and planning of the project.

These design guidelines for the Biomedical Engineering and Medical Science Building are intended to define the overall vision; its relation to the Master Plan Update; the site plan strategy; the building design itself, the context, mass, scale, character, form and materials to be used; as well as pedestrian and vehicular access. The challenge to the design team is to create a building design that meets the functional needs of a modern university research facility and continue the restoration of the University's East Precinct according to the planning principles stated in the Vision Statement.

The new building site is located between McLeod Hall and MR-4 and across from the Hospital and the Jordan Hall addition. This project presents a unique and challenging opportunity to create a site plan that will reinforce and clarify the physical landscape of this portion of the University

A new front door to this portion of the grounds will be created from the west side, where McLeod Hall and the new building will share a courtyard entrance facing Jefferson Park Avenue and 15th Street. This new courtyard entrance will frame a vehicular drop-off as well. The new building also offers the opportunity to create an internalized intimate garden place for the Health Sciences community recalling the character of the more private precincts of the original Academical Village.

This building will play a significant role in strengthening and extending pedestrian connections between buildings located in the Health Sciences Center and from the new parking structure at the southern edge of the complex.


C. ENGINEER SELECTION, EAST PRECINCT CHILLER PLANT -- This new chiller plant will support chilled water needs of the new Biomedical Research Building, allow retirement of aging, inefficient building chillers currently serving facilities in the east precinct, and provide redundant service to the Hospital. The projects current planning authorization is $810,000. A $7,000,000 construction authorization request has been submitted to the Governor. The Architect Selection Committee recently completed its selection process and ranked the firm of RMF Engineering, Inc. of Baltimore, Maryland as its first choice.

D. ARCHITECT SELECTION, EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT RENOVATIONS -- This project will improve the functional relationship between the Emergency and Radiology Departments at the Hospital enabling them to better meet the explosive growth that has occurred in emergency patient visits since 1990. The budget is $3,196,000. The Architect Selection Committee recently completed its selection process and ranked the firm of Ellerbe Becket of Washington, D.C. as its first choice.

III. REPORTS BY THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET

GROUNDSWALK -- A conceptual physical plan for the University of the 21st century was presented to the Buildings and Grounds Committee in September 1996. A major goal of the plan is to establish a stronger sense of the University as a single entity. A central element of this goal is the development of a Groundswalk for pedestrians, bicycles, and buses. The phased implementation of the Groundswalk over a period of years will be discussed.


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