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LEED BD+C: New Construction v3 - LEED 2009

Rotunda Rehabilitation

University Of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22904
United States

LEED Silver 2017

John G. Waite Associates, Architects, PLLC was the architect for the comprehensive interior and exterior renovation and restoration of Thomas Jefferson's Rotunda, the iconic centerpiece of the University of Virginia's Academical Village.

Deteriorating building conditions forced the university to develop a plan for long-deferred repairs to the Rotunda. A historic structure report (HSR), along with measured drawings, was prepared between 2006 and 2008 to study the building and to better understand the design, history and technology of the original construction and changes over time. Those changes included the original construction in 1823-1828 through the erection of the annex in 1854, the great fire of 1895, and two subsequent restoration campaigns. The report outlined existing conditions and made recommendations for the Rotunda's renovation and restoration, serving as a master plan for the restoration.

This report led to the preparation of detailed construction documents for the $50 million project. Exterior restoration began in 2012, and later that year construction work commenced on the terrace covering the wings and the south portico stairway. Major disassembly allowed structural repairs and the installation of a new waterproofing system. The restoration project updated all building systems; created a new underground mechanical vault, enhanced service facilities, and improved access and circulation.

A series of programming recommendations were developed to bring the building back into the mainstream of university life, and a pilot program was devised by the university to re-introduce teaching and study space in the building. During the pilot program evaluation, in the year before the building closed for renovation, 108,000 people entered the Rotunda. 170,500 people have entered the building in the first nine months since the building reopened in September 2016; and sixty-nine classes have been taught in three dedicated classrooms.

JGWA also completed an extensive ADA study suggesting ways of providing a barrier free environment for the entire Academical Village while retaining the historic integrity of the buildings and site.

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Project details
38,575 sf
24 Oct 2017
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