Alderman Road Replacement Project
Last update: September 1, 2015
In 2006, Housing & Residence Life embarked on a building project to replace the residence halls in the Alderman Road Residence Area that were built in the 1960s. Eight residence halls have been demolished to make way for the new construction. Courtenay, Dunglison and Fitzhugh will be maintained until future First Year housing renovations are complete, with demolition planned around 2022.
The project took place in four phases:
- Phase I: Kellogg; completed in August 2008
- Phase II: Balz-Dobie, Watson-Webb and Ern Commons; completed in August 2011
- Phases III and IVa: Lile-Maupin, Tuttle-Dunnington and Shannon, completed in August 2013
- Phase IVb: Gibbons, completed in August 2015
The new student housing offers modern amenities and fosters intimate, secure, close-knit communities, while accommodating growing numbers of students. The first floor of each building provides multi-purpose gathering spaces, laundry, study/lounge rooms, and other general use areas such as mail service and classroom space. Residential floors above each provide bedrooms for First Year students, two communal bathrooms, a central lounge and quiet study spaces.
Master planning of the site supports the University's sustainability goals and promotes responsible stewardship of the land with prudent integration of key planning objectives. These include respecting the environment and the regional context, promoting connectivity and enhancing multi-disciplinary discourse. An on-site student pavilion provides a flexible, central gathering venue for First Year students and others from across Grounds.
For additional information, see the Project FAQ and the following links:
- Construction began with demolition of Dobie, Balz and Watson Houses during Summer 2009
- Two six-story residence halls were completed in August 2011. The names are a combination of names of demolished residence halls in the area.
- Balz-Dobie houses 220 First Year students and 11 Resident Staff members; Watson-Webb houses 200 First Years and 11 Resident Staff
- Ern Commons, named after Ernest H. Ern (former VP of Student Affairs), is a one-story, multi-purpose building completed in October 2011.
- Schematic design and bridging documents prepared by Ayers/Saint/Gross Architects + Planners. Design-build team: W.M. Jordan Company and Clark Nexsen Architecture & Engineering
- Photos of the completed buildings
Building floor plans (click on an image to see a larger version):
- Construction began with demolition of Dunnington during Summer 2013
- Completed in August 2015
- One five-story residence hall known as Gibbons House houses 204 First Year students and 9 Resident Staff
- Also includes a two-story wing to accommodate the Housing & Residence Life offices
- Gibbons House is named in honor of William and Isabella Gibbons, who were enslaved for professors living in the Academical Village prior to the Civil War
- Full design and construction documents completed by EYP Architecture & Planning. Donley's, Inc. is the construction management firm.
- Building floor plans: First floor, Second floor, Upper residential floors
For More Information:
- Gibbons House: A Story of Emancipation
- Gibbons House Dedication Memorializes Former Slaves, Successful Free Lives
- New U.Va. Residence Hall, Gibbons House, Named for Former Slave Couple
- State-of-the-Art Dorms to Welcome 570 U.Va. First-Year Students
- Incoming First-Year Students to Get Three New Residence Halls
- Erns and Other Leaders Dedicate Ern Commons at U.Va.
- Housing Aims to Transform the Student Experience with New Residence Halls
- University Prepares for Wave of New Students
- Hammer Time: Summer Construction Season in Full Swing at U.Va.
- Doomed Dorms Are Being Recycled
- Old First-year Houses Make Way for New Residence Halls
- U.Va.'s Dormitory Builders Will Face a Tall Order
- Scholar Robert L. Kellogg Honored at Residence Hall Dedication.
- Kellogg House, First of New Wave of Student Housing, to be Dedicated
- Kellogg House Opens Path for New Generation of University Dorms
- New Facilities to Greet Returning Faculty and Students at University of Virginia
If you have questions about the Alderman Road project, please send us email.