Thomas Jefferson's design for the Academical Village complemented his educational program as the setting for a community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and the exchange of ideas. The buildings were not only places to learn, but part of the curriculum. As the University has grown into the dynamic community Jefferson envisioned, aspects of Jefferson's design have been changed or lost.
This year, the University made a commitment to restore and reinforce Jefferson's original vision with a new Grounds Plan overseen by David J. Neuman, architect for the University. Designed to guide the University's development for the next twenty years, the plan calls for restoring green areas, adding multi-use buildings, and integrating transportation links. To more closely tie programs and facilities together in this way, the University can accommodate growth within its existing boundaries while preserving open space.
Redeveloping the Arts Precinct
Construction under way at the University reflects the principles enunciated in the Grounds Plan. The Arts Precinct is an example of a carefully concentrated development that establishes a sense of place, builds communities, and strengthens programs. Recently completed projects include the renovation of Fayerweather Hall for the Department of Art History; Ruffin Hall, the new home of the McIntire Department of Art's studio art program; and the 12,000-square-foot additions to Campbell Hall, the School of Architecture building.
Having completed work on the academic buildings, the University is moving forward with renovating the Thomas H. Bayly Building, home of the U.Va. Art Museum. As part of the renovation, upgrades will be made to the building's lighting, fire alarm, electrical, and climate-and-humidity systems. Funding is being sought for a four-level, 20,000-square-foot addition to the west side of the building that will provide additional galleries, improved art storage, and art conservation facilities.
Plans also call for a band rehearsal hall across from Ruffin Hall. Hunter J. Smith has pledged $10.7 million for construction of the building. Mrs. Smith, along with her husband, the late Carl W. Smith (College '51), made a gift to the University in 2003 to help fund the Cavalier Marching Band. She has also been a major supporter of the Marching Highland Cavaliers band at the College at Wise.
Concentrating on Sciences and Engineering
Yarrpany (Dhuwa Honey) Story,
Arnhem Land Bark Painting, 1990
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection
© 2009 Artists Rights Society (ARS),
New York/Viscopy, Australia
An important element in the University's efforts to raise the status of science and engineering at U.Va. is adding to the laboratory and office space in buildings between McCormick and Stadium roads. The new facilities will help the University attract and retain outstanding researchers, and their clustered arrangement will promote the interdisciplinary collaboration that lies at the heart of many discoveries.
Construction began on Rice Hall, the School of Engineering and Applied Science's information technology building, and the Physical and Life Science Building for the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Both buildings will be LEED certified at the silver level, recognizing their sustainable design and construction.
The Health System
The Health System precinct includes the hospital and primary clinics, as well as the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, and the Health System Library. Maintaining excellence in patient care, research, and education requires thoughtful planning. Room for expansion is limited. Redevelopment of the precinct will accommodate state-of-the-art facilities, and create clear, functional relationships between buildings as well as inviting places.
The Health System is acting boldly with several transformational projects already under way. The parking garage located across from the Primary Care Center was demolished and the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center is currently under construction in its place. The University Hospital is adding seventy-two beds, expanding existing floors above the main lobby and entrance. The Health System made a substantial addition to its research space when it opened the new $70.7 million 102,000-square-foot Carter-Harrison Research Building in June 2009. The new Claude Moore Nursing Education Building is complete and renovations to the School of Nursing's McLeod Hall began in fall 2009. Construction on the new Claude Moore Medical Education Building is well under way, and will be complete in summer 2010.
New Options for Residence Life
Construction on the Grounds is changing student life. This year, Kellogg House welcomed its first class of students. Named for the late Robert Kellogg, former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Kellogg House is the first in a series of new student residence halls that will replace the eleven aging residence halls built in the mid-1960s on Observatory Hill. The new residence halls feature many new amenities absent in the old buildings, such as air conditioning. Spaces designed for student gatherings, instruction, and group study will enrich the living-learning experience. The landscape will make all of the buildings accessible and will create a variety of welcoming community spaces. Sustainable designs reduce energy and water use while creating healthy, vibrant living environments.
The second stage of the project began at the end of the academic year. Dobie, Balz, and Watson houses were demolished, to be replaced by two six-story dorms and a Student Commons building. The residences will be the first U.Va. housing projects to meet LEED certification standards for environmental sustainability. An accelerated construction schedule will allow the University to take advantage of low construction costs brought about by the sagging economy. The cycle of residence hall demolition and construction is expected to be completed by 2017.
Other Progress around the Grounds
The University's South Lawn project, the most significant undertaking on U.Va.'s Central Grounds in a century, has passed the halfway mark and students will be taking classes in Nau and Gibson halls by January 2010. The South Lawn buildings will provide classroom and office space for Arts and Sciences.
The Curry School of Education's Bavaro Hall is nearing the halfway point of construction. Masonry and structural steel are in place and the building is taking form. Completion of the new four-story building is anticipated for the fall of 2010.