Brandon Avenue Projects

Upper Class Housing architect rendering

Upper Class Housing

The Brandon Avenue Upper Class Housing project will create a vibrant collaborative community for students to live and engage in student activities. It will serve as an anchor for the new Brandon Avenue community, while achieving a visual presence that connects back to the historic Central Grounds. Some of the design objectives include embracing the sustainability goals of the University, leveraging unseen opportunities such as podium parking and green spaces, and providing places of transparency to put learning and activity on display.

The building is approximately 208,000 gross square feet and will be six stories above grade with two levels of podium parking designed to accommodate 313 students in apartment-style housing and parking for 137 vehicles. There will be some programmable space on the first floor of the building, which could include academic and multi-use spaces that will serve the Brandon Avenue district as well as others within the University community.

The main entrance to the building will be accessed through a two-story portal facing Brandon Avenue. An open courtyard facing the south and west will provide outdoor spaces for socializing as well as access to landscaped areas containing terraced seating steps and walkways integrated into the existing sloped topography of the site. Storm water will be managed on site and incorporated into the landscape. There will be ADA compliant connections between the proposed Upper Class Housing building and the existing adjacent Bice House. Vehicle access to both levels of podium parking will be by way of a new service road that will connect Brandon Avenue to an existing parking lot along the railroad right of way immediately south of the proposed building. Emergency vehicles will use this service road and existing lot for access to the east and south elevations of the building.

Upper Class Housing live construction feed

Green Street and Utilities

The Green Street vision builds upon a legacy of signature open spaces on the historic Grounds of the University. The redesigned streetscape combines a multitude of circulation, infrastructure and recreational functions, providing an attractive setting for new university buildings, including on-Grounds housing, new academic buildings, and a new Student Health and Wellness Center. The Green Street and adjacent park spaces will link significant circulation corridors, providing transition between historical and contemporary landscapes and character zones.

The Green Street project will have an urban streetscape design, with bioretention cells located in the median of the street. The central utilities to be installed include UVA electrical service, telecom, sanitary sewer and stormwater service, low-temperature hot water, chilled water, and domestic water service. Some of the existing City of Charlottesville utilities and Dominion Virginia Power electric lines will need to be relocated and/or upgraded in association with this project. The existing two stormwater management facilities located on the project site will be upgraded to improve the function and aesthetics of the facilities. In addition, the southern end of Monroe Lane will be realigned to a straighter road alignment that will allow for better access to the UVA Outpatient Surgery Center (OPSC) and also allow for more green space near the South Pond.

Green Street architect rendering

New Student Health Center

A recent assessment of current services, staffing and flow at the existing Student Health Center located at 400 Brandon Avenue, revealed a significant space deficit that could not be addressed by interior renovations or by a modest addition. The current space configuration and stacking of services also hinder Student Health’s ability to effectively achieve its health and wellness objectives in support of the student experience and efficiently utilize clinician expertise.

Based on existing student needs, projected increases in student visits, full inclusion of wellness in its mission, and expanding its programs as described above, recent programming determined the need for a new facility to support student health and wellbeing. Consequently, the University has decided to construct a new Student Health & Wellness Center on a site near the southeast end of Brandon Avenue.

The new Student Health & Wellness Center building will be approximately 100,000 gross square feet with the possibility of including another 66,000 gross square feet for tenants. The entire structure, with tenants, will be three to five stories tall plus two lower-level parking platforms that will have grade access to Monroe Lane on the downward sloping east side.

Construction Alerts

Resources

Upper Class Housing – Construction status report, May 2018

Green Street & Utilities construction photos »

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Documents

Contact information

Upper Class Housing Project

Steve Ratliff, Project Manager
Office: (434) 982-5393
Cell: (434) 962-4736
spr@virginia.edu

Raleigh Roussos, Project Coordinator
Office: (434) 924-9600
Cell: (434) 987-4637
rnd2u@virginia.edu

Charlie Durrer, CAM
Office: (434) 982-4654
Cell: (434) 962-4087
ced5q@virginia.edu

Amanda Farmer, CAM
Office: (434) 924-8221
Cell: (434) 566-2736
af5qc@virginia.edu

Green Street and Utilities Project and New Student Health Center Project

Steve Dempsey, Project Manager
Office: (434) 243-8140
Cell: (434) 962-2737
sjd2n@virginia.edu

Raleigh Roussos, Project Coordinator
Office: (434) 924-9600
Cell: (434) 987-4637
rnd2u@virginia.edu

Charlie Durrer, CAM
Office: (434) 982-4654
Cell: (434) 962-4087
ced5q@virginia.edu

Amanda Farmer, CAM
Office: (434) 924-8221
Cell: (434) 566-2736
af5qc@virginia.edu