Notable Project Timeline
Observatory Hill Dining Hall
Historic Preservation FrameWork Plan This plan evaluated over 140 buildings and landscapes, setting the framework for the continued preservation and study of the University’s post-Jefferson built history.
Claude Moore Nursing Education Building
Claude Moore Medical Education Building
Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center
2011 and beyond
Rugby Administrative Building
The Dell - Day-lighting Meadow Creek: environmental quality
The concept of the Dell project was originally introduced in the 1999 Strategic Plan for Water Resources Management (SPWR), a collaborative effort completed as a critical component of the master planning process. At the time, much of Meadow Creek and its smaller tributaries were being conveyed through underground pipes. The SPWR, along with the subsequent 1998 Landscape Master Plan, identified an opportunity to implement stream channel and floodplain restoration through day-lighting Meadow Creek. This proposal offered aesthetic, environmental, and economic benefits for the University community as well as the private neighborhoods located within the Meadow Creek watershed.
The project was initially proposed in three segments: day-lighting Meadow Creek at The Dell, along “Nameless” Field, and around Carr’s Hill Field. While each segment was an important part of a holistic approach to addressing stormwater management on Grounds, simultaneous completion was not necessary. Meadow Creek was chosen in part because the University of Virginia has ownership of the stream’s headwaters; the segment including the Dell was identified as the first portion of Meadow Creek to be day-lit because of its proximity to those headwaters and its prominent location on Grounds. A targeted study was commissioned, building upon the conceptual plans for the Dell, estimating total construction costs for site work, stream restoration, landscape planting and improvements.
While day-lighting Meadow Creek took longer than traditional stormwater management engineering projects, its implementation provided mutually beneficial results beyond the initial project boundaries. When plans for the new John Paul Jones arena were announced, the day-lighting proposal presented a cost-effective way to mitigate downstream stormwater run-off and drainage issues presented by the arena construction. This averted the need to remove a large stand of trees and build a large stormwater retention pond near the arena. In addition to these benefits, the arrangement allowed the Dell site to become an outdoor classroom for students, a place for repose along the otherwise busy Emmet Street corridor, and an area for recreation and pedestrian circulation between West and Central Grounds.
The storage and retention capabilities of the Dell were designed to accommodate some additional growth, giving rise to a stormwater banking system on Grounds. This banking system offers an innovative approach to stormwater management for constrained infill development, allowing future construction projects to access quantity and quality credits if on-site mitigation is not feasible. Projects such as the Ivy/Emmet parking garage followed the precedent set by the Dell, day-lighting a Meadow Creek tributary and conserving natural habitat along the stream banks while adding to the capacity of the banking system. Future day-lighting projects, such as the South Lawn project, are expected as the University continues to pursue a strategy of environmentally conscious infill development on the Grounds.