UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA                                                                                                          GROUNDS PLAN                                                                                                          OFFICE OF THE ARCHITECT




Notable Project Timeline
This timeline highlights building and landscape projects, as well as related publications, that exemplify one or more of the principles of the Grounds Plan. Items are organized by their actual or estimated completion date.


The Dell           
This project represents a creative response to the challenge of stormwa­ter management, provid­ing environmental and aesthetic improvements while meeting the regula­tory needs of the John Paul Jones Arena.







Observatory Hill Dining Hall
The grass elipse created to the south of the dining hall provides much need flat open space to the Alderman Road Residence Hall and offers an out of doors compliment to the community gathering spaces found inside the building.



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.


Cocke Hall
Renovation of this 1898 Stanford White structure.






Fayerweather Hall
Renovation config­ured this 1893building for use by Art History, demonstrating the importance of adaptable construction for this historic gymnasium.


Wilsdorf Hall
Containing nanotechnol­ogy research facilities, this structure was constructed on top of a parking lot in close proximity to related research buildings while improving connectivity in the precinct.


gSustainability Assessment
Devel­oped over a year-long process, details the breadth and depth of activities at UVa. and represents the first documented account of the University’s sustainability initiatives.


Ruffin Hall
Constructed for the Studio Arts program, this structure ex­tends north out from the Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library and sets out a built edge to frame a landscaped central space as planned in the Arts Grounds Master Plan


iClaude Moore Nursing Education Building
Located on 15th Street across the street from School of Nursing School in McLeod Hall and the upcoming Medical Eduacation Building, this structure extends the medical education complex onto previously underutilized land in close proximity to the Hospital and Academical Village.

jClaude Moore Medical Education Building
Targeting LEED Silver Certification and built adjacent to School of Medicine facilities in MR-5 and the Carter Harrison Research Building.


SouthLawn Project
Constructs 114,000 GSF of space for the College of Arts and Sciences to house the History, Religious Studies and Politics depart­ments. The initial planning and design of the South Lawn featured significant and successful coordination with neighbors and the City of Charlottesville. This project was also the first at UVa. to pursue LEED certification.







Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center
Formerly the site of a parking garage.


2011 and beyond

Rugby Administrative Building
Originally built as Faculty Apartments, restoration of this currently vacant building will provide space for administrative offices while preserving University history and conserving the embodied energy of building materials.


NewCabell Hall
Containing nanotechnol­ogy research facilities, this structure was con­structed on top of a parking lot in close prox­imity to related research buildings

oLee Street
Signif­icant improvements to Lee Street and the entrance to the Main Hospital are designed to better direct patients and visitors as well as form a more cohesive connection between health system facilities.




The 1990 Master Plan for the University set forth several themes, most of which pertained to the nature of physical development on the Grounds. Two primary notions were that University holdings east of the 29/250 Bypass would be sufficient to accommo­date the expected growth needs of the academy, and that Observatory Hill should be preserved. Given that this plan called for development east of the 250 By­pass, it did not consider the value of integrated, multi-disciplinary facilities as a way to encourage academic connections and conserve resources within the existing development on Grounds. As well, the recommendation to protect the environments on Observatory Hill lacked the scientific analysis provided with the current Grounds Plan’s conservation value study, which further reinforces the need to protect both Observatory Hill and the re­maining North Grounds forest.

The 1990 Master Plan called for unification of the dis­parate parts of Grounds, strengthening the axial order of formal green spaces, and creating better bicycle and pedestrian linkages. It proposed development of ad­ditional housing as well, beyond the location of existing residence halls. In contrast, the current Grounds Plan proposes the creation of greater unity and connectivity throughout Grounds, in order to establish lasting, fitting linkages between buildings, green spaces and precincts. As well, the concurrent development of a Transporta­tion Demand Management (TDM) plan with the 2008 Grounds Plan ensures that bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit facilities are improved to provide the best ac­cess for all travel modes throughout the Grounds. While housing capacity is again in need of expansion, the present Plan proposes redevelopment of existing hous­ing sites to increase density without displacing residen­tial uses from their surrounding supportive uses, green spaces, and academic connections.

While there are naturally differences between the present Grounds Plan and previous campus planning efforts, the concepts of the 1990 Master Plan and the 1998 Landscape Master Plan have indeed given rise to several successful projects embodying the goals of the Grounds Plan. The following case studies highlight three such projects. While these projects are different in purpose and use, they have in common their dual suc­cesses of meeting specific needs while improving the larger University community through the establishment of benefits and connections beyond the boundary of each project’s site. The 1990 Master Plan stated that selec­tive infill was needed in West Grounds and that buildings should consider the effects of their location on adjacent green spaces, a goal most certainly accomplished by the Wilsdorf Hall project. The 1990 and 1998 plans also recommended that natural green spaces be preserved and used to promote pedestrian connections throughout Grounds; this has been accomplished by the Dell project. Finally, the plan recommended that measures be taken to weave the Grounds together with greater clarity and spatial continuity. Siting new buildings should bridge the gaps between precincts, a task which has been under­taken by the ambitious South Lawn project.