Plans for arena pass major
Architects of Charlottesville
right of center court architects rendering of
U.Va.s new basketball arena, scheduled for completion
in May 2006.
By Lee Graves
basketball program took a giant leap forward this month with a
relatively small step taken by University officials.
Buildings and Grounds Committee of the Universitys Board
of Visitors approved schematic plans for the new $128 million
arena, which will seat 15,076 fans and include space for basketball
practice courts, basketball coaches offices, a weight training
room, a club lounge and 20 luxury suites.
multipurpose arena and adjacent parking, including a new garage,
will be built across Massie Road from University Hall on what
is now a parking lot.
Board of Visitors will have one more chance to review the plans
before work begins late this winter. Completion is scheduled for
the Buildings and Grounds Committees approval of the schematic
design, we have passed a major milestone, said University
Architect Samuel Pete Anderson. From here on
out, we do not expect the plans to change from what was presented.
the committees meeting May 9 in Richmond, the schematic
plans drew general praise for VMDO Architects of Charlottesville.
But board member William H. Goodwin Jr. questioned why the suites
is a mistake, from a fund-raising point, Goodwin said.
principal Robert W. Moje said suites with bathrooms require handicap
access. The suites would have to be larger than designed, adding
$3 million to the buildings cost or reducing the number
of suites. Board members asked VMDO to look at alternatives that
would accommodate bathrooms.
for the project also include more parking and a connector road
to the U.S. 29/250 bypass. The design envisions parking for 1,500
vehicles on the west side of the site, including 600 surface spaces
and a 900-space, multi-level facility.
connector road, also scheduled for completion in May 2006, is
incorporated in the projects total cost.
has received two $20 million gifts in support of the project,
one from an anonymous donor, and another from alumnus Paul Tudor
Jones II, chair of the Greenwich, Conn.-based Tudor Group, a financial
management firm of Barton Malow Inc., headquartered in Southfield,
Mich., with a regional office in Charlottesville, will oversee
construction. Project director Dick Laurance of U.Va. Facilities
Management and a steering committee are overseeing the project
from the Universitys end.
project that got a thorough airing in Richmond was the proposed
$125 million South Lawn Project for the College and Graduate School
of Arts & Sciences.
S. Polshek of Polshek Partnership Architects of New York explained
that the designs intent is to blend in with Jeffersons
vision of the Academical Village.
has to belong, visibly and irrefutably, to the University of Virginia
in every way, he said.
project would extend south from Old Cabell Hall with a plaza and
cross Jefferson Park Avenue at two points, one with a walkway
on grade with the pavement and another with a raised walkway bridging
the road. A 6-foot retaining wall on the uphill side of the road
would reduce noise and pollution.
the road, land would be terraced, with new buildings forming a
line on the eastern edge. The structures would face a wooded hill
to the west, where landscaping and structures gardens and
gazebos, perhaps would emphasize the natural setting and
does give something back to the neighborhood and the city of Charlottesville,
Polshek said. The design includes parking for 150 cars under the
members discussed various elements of the plan, such as whether
there is too much building mass for the space, and asked the architects
to look into the feasibility of lowering the path of Jefferson
Park Avenue as they proceed with the design.
Buildings and Grounds Committee gave the go-ahead to phases of
several other projects, including:
Architectural design guidelines for $5 million additions to Campbell
Hall over two phases. The first phase, or south addition, would
provide 8,400 square feet for faculty and staff office spaces.
The second phase, or east addition, would provide a new major
public entrance for the School of Architecture and an entrance
to the developing arts precinct.
Demolishing four metal buildings at the Davis Farm in Albemarle
County to make way for a 13,000-square-foot vivarium facility.
Preliminary design for the Materials Science Engineering and Nanotechnology
Building. This 96,000-square-foot research lab would be built
at a cost of $32 million on Chemistry Way between McCormick and
Schematic design for a $58 million hospital expansion project
including 100,000 square feet of new space and about 160,000 square
feet of renovations. It would provide clinical and support space
in four areas, the Heart Center, Perioperative Services, the Department
of Radiology and the Department of Pathologys clinical laboratories.
The project would increase the number of operating rooms from
19 to 24 and upgrade technology in all 24.