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.




Next Steps

While the Grounds Plan presents a vision and guidance for University development over the next twenty or more years, UVa is actively involved with implementing sustainabilityprograms in the present. Multiple initiatives have been developed throughout University practices, as presented in the 2006 Sustainability Assessment. Of particular significance is the Board of Visitors (BOV) 2007 approval of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, USGBC) certification for all future buildings and major renovations; BOV 2007 approval of the Grounds Improvement Fund (GIF) which provides for improvements of pedestrian, bicycle, and transit facilities throughout Grounds; and the sustainability assessment described below, which provides a tool for continuous sustainable improvements for UVa.

Delivering a sustainable vision for the University will be a collaborative effort involving many partners including the various Schools, administrative officials, faculty, staff, student groups and other authorities. All partners will need to contribute to realizing the short and long term goals for the successful implementation of a sustainability process. Recognizing that new technologies may emerge in the future, and that the economics of some current technologies may improve over time, it is intended that the 2008 Grounds Plan will strive to promote progressively higher standards for sustainable design.  This approach will provide flexibility in achieving sustainability goals through the most technologically and economically feasible means.

To implement this sustainable vision, UVa will utilize the SPeAR™ (Sustainability Project Appraisal Routine) sustainability framework tool designed by ARUP, the global firm of engineers, planners, designers and business consultants.  This tool was developed to allow assessment in four major areas: natural resources, environment, social and economic, that broadly reflect the three major categories used in the triple bottom line of equity, economy and environment. The four quadrants represent specific issues identified within the United Nations’ Brundtland Commission report, “Our Common Future”, a basis for sustainability programs for local authorities around the world. It is intended that the SPeAR assessment process be coupled with the annual management objectives cycle at UVA and updated accordingly.

THE SPeAR™ assessment is based on a seven-point scale, shown here in the exemplary diagram. Areas of strength are indicated by bright green segments close to the center of the perimeter, designated by the number “3” and areas of weakness are indicated by dark red segments around the perimeter designated by the number “-3”. This enables trade-offs between indicators when specific alternative actions are compared. The baseline assessment establishes the current sustainable strategies implemented at UVa. The assessment identifies strengths, weaknesses, gaps and opportunities, which provide a starting point to track UVa’s performance and to identify proposed improvements.