Improving Comfort and Access
We are continually identifying and pursuing renovation projects that will improve operations, comfort, and access in older housing, as well as construction projects to expand our housing inventory.
Last update: July 19, 2018
In Summer 2017, Housing & Residence Life began a building project to renovate the residence halls in the McCormick Road Residence Area. The project is taking place in three phases:
- May 2017 to August 2018: Bonnycastle, Kent, and Dabney
- May 2018 to August 2019: Page, Emmet, Echols, and Humphreys
- May 2019 to August 2020: Lefevre, Metcalf, and Hancock
- Convert some ground floor areas into lounge, study, and other community spaces
- Add bedrooms to house approximately 60 more students (1,390 total students and resident staff)
- Replace heating, electrical, and plumbing systems
- Install air conditioning, full fire suppression, and elevators
Clark Nexsen is the architectural and engineering firm selected for the renovation project.
- The McCormick Road Residence Area is comprised of six four-story residence hall buildings (containing 10 houses) totaling 400,000 gross square feet.
- The current structures were designed by Eggers and Higgins (designers of New Cabell Hall, the Physics Building, and Newcomb Hall) and constructed between 1946 and 1951. The McCormick Road Residence Area opened to students in 1955.
- Current and former residents have indicated a strong desire to renovate the current structures rather than demolishing the existing facilities and building new ones.
Please click the thumbnails below to see floor plans for the houses currently under renovation.
Please contact us with any questions about the McCormick Road project.
Last update: July 19, 2018
Defined as a redevelopment zone in the 2008 UVA Grounds Plan, Brandon Avenue is poised for transformation into a vibrant, mixed-use, sustainable district that links the UVA Health System to Central Grounds. A multi-year, multi-phase construction project will improve the streetscape and provide new academic, student services, and residential spaces. Plans include a new residence hall and a new student health center, as well as the development of Brandon Avenue into a "Green Street" - a one-way loop with a landscaped bioretention area and gathering spaces in the center. An "active ground floor," inspired by urban retail streets, considers ground floors of all buildings on Brandon Avenue as a continuous ribbon of diverse, dynamic uses that activate the street at all times of the day.
Upperclass Residence Hall
The new residence hall on Brandon Avenue will consist of:
- A six-story building with 312 single bedrooms in four-bedroom apartments
- Academic and/or student activities space on the ground floor
- Two levels of naturally ventilated parking under the building
- A courtyard between the building and neighboring Bice House
- A ground floor portal providing access from Brandon Avenue to the courtyard
Goody Clancy is the architectural and engineering firm selected for the project.
Residence Hall Construction Schedule
- The goal is for the new housing to be occupied in 2019.
- Demolition of the existing buildings at 500 and 600 Brandon Avenue began in Summer 2017 and continued into the fall semester.
- Residence hall and utility infrastructure construction began in November 2017. Crane work to raise the structure of the new residence hall, and both exterior and interior work, will be underway through the 2018-2019 academic year.
- Demolition of the 400 block of Brandon Avenue, improvements to the streetscape, and construction on the new student health building (500 block) will also take place during the 2018-2019 academic year.
Please contact us with any questions about the Brandon Avenue Residence Hall project.
Last update: December 19, 2018
The second Brandon Avenue upperclass residence hall will provide between 300 and 400 additional beds and approximately 100 parking spaces on a site north of Bice House and the first Brandon Avenue residence hall. These apartment-style residences will offer single rooms and amenities comparable to off-Grounds housing options. The Brandon district will support the development of upperclass housing in an ideal location on Central Grounds, strengthening the University’s distinctive residential culture.
Elkus Manfredi Architects is the architectural firm recommended for the project.