G&HA wins two Interior Design Excellence Awards


Glavé & Holmes Architecture is pleased to announce the firm earned two new Interior Design Excellence Awards from the American Society of Interior Designers / International Interior Design Association.

  • O’Neil Hall Renovation at the University of Virginia, First Place, Historic Preservation Category
  • Christopher Newport Hall at Christopher Newport University, First Place, Educational/Institutional

O’Neil Hall
O’Neil Hall was designed as a continuation of previous neo-classical work, originally envisioned by Fiske Kimball as a campus social/recreation center to be called the “Casino.” The building now serves as executive-level UVA administration offices and support spaces. Portions of the building will serve broader campus meeting need, particularly of student organizations. The general organizing feature, the wide central hall, has been retained and improved to provide collaborative commons space. The 1925 interior was largely intact with serviceable original plaster walls/ceiling, and heartpine floors. The design proposed restoring historic elements while brightening the space into an occupants’ commons. Envisioned as an “interior porch”, new seating zones within the commons serve as waiting areas for visitors. Existing screen doors that open onto the interior core, remnants from the buildings previous program as apartments to facilitate thru-ventilation in a pre-air conditioned world, have been preserved with the modern addition of acrylic panels. Other items were restored and curated as an in-place historical exhibits. The basement is used as a meeting venue for student organizations. Offices express a mix of traditional designs and modern convenience, while the conference rooms are incorporating the University’s latest communication and collaboration technologies.

Christopher Newport Hall

To support the mission of advancing student success, this new building at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, provides a “one-stop shop,” with facilities to support student services and student academic success. The design of the interior spaces embraces the power of design to impact the student experience.  The carefully curated experience is indicative of the level of care and detailed focus that the University provides for students.  The individuality of each department is expressed in the unique selection of furnishings, tied together with a holistic color palette of vibrant colors.  The Student Commons exudes warmth with the use of dynamic red walls and custom casework to house student resource personnel.  Custom carpets throughout the primary public spaces lend consistency and energy to the expansive program, leading visitors through the building. This interior “procession” is designed to visually delight first-time visitors/prospective students and parents, while serving as an introduction to Christopher Newport University. Building visitors enter either from the grand stair or at the south building entrance, proceed up the ceremonial open stair to the second level lobby, where they begin their University experience. At the reception area, one’s eye is directed up through a series of three circular floor openings to the sunlit centerpiece domed roof.


Christopher Newport Hall wins HRACRE Award


Glavé & Holmes Architecture and the Christopher Newport Hall team were presented with a 2016 Excellence in Development Design Award of Merit by the Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate.

The awards program took place October 11 at the Chrysler Museum of Art. The mission is to identify, encourage, and reward excellence in development design in the Hampton Roads Metropolitan Statistical Area. See the judges’ comments below:

As the crown jewel of an emerging neoclassical campus, Christopher Newport Hall completes the great lawn which is the focal point of the campus. The placement of a building is as important as the design, and the siting of Christopher Newport Hall leaves no doubt about its importance. The building is symbolically and literally the front door to the campus. It serves not only as the venue for orientation but is the “One Stop Shop” for student services and academic success programs. The university’s administrative offices are also housed there along with financial aid and the office of admissions.

The architecture describes the building’s importance through the use of an elevated main floor, or piano nobile, reached by mounting a set of monumental stairs. This feature recalls earlier courthouses and civic buildings intended to inspire awe. A nicely proportioned courtyard brings light to the center of the building and gives a sense of human scale to the composition. The building is exquisitely detailed from the Corinthian columns, to the rusticated base to the jack arches, to forms and motif carried inside from outside.

In an ingenious move to preserve the volumetric experience of the dome, the architects used a glass floor at the fourth floor since the building code did not allow the opening to continue more than three floors up. This allows people on any floor to see through to the top of the dome. The building reads as a finely crafted, careful, and cohesive composition inside and out.


CNU’s Greek Housing Village opens four new Chapter Houses


On September 1st, members of the Glavé & Holmes team joined hundreds of students, faculty, and staff to take part in the ribbon cutting of the first four houses of the new Greek Village at Christopher Newport University (CNU).

Glavé & Holmes developed the design for a Greek Village of ten fraternity and sorority houses, providing an identifiable home on campus for the Greek organizations that is centered around a common green space. The first four houses are arranged radially at the end of the green space to create a community atmosphere among the houses and a shared “front yard.” The common space serves as a home for annual events and traditions, which lie at the heart of Greek Life at CNU. Each house has a unique façade to express their individuality within the Greek community. The facilities offer a combination of single and double rooms with shared bathrooms. Each house includes laundry rooms, study spaces, kitchen and chapter rooms. The project was designed in compliance with VEES (Virginia Energy Conservation and Environmental Standards) certification.

The ribbon cutting came on the heels of The Princeton Review’s ranking of CNU as #2 for Best College Dorms in the U.S. G&HA has worked on multiple residence halls at CNU, including Warwick River Hall and Rappahannock River Hall.

For more information on the houses, see the Daily Press’ article.



Christopher Newport Hall earns LEED Silver


Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&HA) is pleased to announce that Christopher Newport Hall at Christopher Newport University has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification.

Christopher Newport Hall anchors a primary axis of the campus and serves as the frontispiece on the Great Lawn at its eastern end. To spur the University’s mission of advancing student achievement, the new building provides facilities to support student services, including an Academic Success Center, Career Development offices, Office of Disability Resources, and additional student academic support space. Also included are the campus welcome center, Office of Admissions, and executive-level administrative offices. The project employs a glass floor and is capped with a dome and cupola roofed in copper sheet. Academic buildings and student walk paths bound the building site on three sides. The facility introduces the CNU Admissions tour groups to the Great Lawn via a monumental stair. Additionally, the building is planned and structured to receive an enclosed bridge connection to a future Library addition. Sustainable features include:

  • Community connectivity
  • Public transportation access
  • Fuel-efficient vehicle preferred parking
  • Water-efficient fixtures
  • Recycled and local building materials
  • Recycled construction waste
  • Low VOC materials
  • Lighting controls and LED lighting
  • High efficiency HVAC
  • Courtyard provides natural daylighting for building


G&HA launches firm timeline


Glavé & Holmes Architecture is pleased to announce a new addition to our website! With the help of Dyad Communications, we have launched the illustrated history of the firm – showing a timeline of our humble beginnings in the 1960s to our current accomplishments.

Follow the History tab on our website to weave through the decades and see major project wins, leadership transitions, honors and awards, and when the firm officially became Glavé & Holmes Architecture.


O’Neil Hall earns LEED Silver


Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&HA) is pleased to announce that the renovation of O’Neil Hall at the University of Virginia has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification.

G&HA adapted the former Rugby Road Administration Building, now O’Neil Hall, for new use as office space for senior administrative staff and other administrative functions. Originally constructed in 1924 for faculty housing, this historically significant structure is an example of the Jeffersonian classicism prominent during the early-twentieth century. This project was completed in compliance with Secretary of Interior Standards for Rehabilitation. Goals included preserving the historic and architectural significance and restoring the facility’s aesthetic, while upgrading the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. Sustainable features include:

  • 20% of recycled and regional materials
  • 40% water reduction by using low consumption plumbing fixtures
  • 75% of building reuse of existing walls, floors, and roof
  • 75% of construction debris diverted from disposal
  • Bicycle storage, shower, and changing room
  • Bioretention basins for stormwater management
  • Native plant species planted, no irrigation systems will be installed
  • Low VOC wood products, paints, sealants, adhesives, and carpets

In 2007, the University of Virginia Board of Visitors enacted a policy requiring all major new construction and major renovations to achieve LEED certification. LEED evaluates buildings using criteria in six areas: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation & Design Process. By earning points for specific credits, projects can work their way through the levels of certification: certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.


Richmond BizSense Listing


G&HA is listed as one of the top three firms on Richmond BizSense‘s Architectural Firms List! Click here to learn more about the listing:http://bit.ly/29yltck

Drawing on History: Infill Design Competition Winners

Historic Richmond, in partnership with The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design, hosted a juried architectural design competition – Drawing on History: Infill Design Competition – to develop a design catalog of original, creative designs for infill construction in the City of Richmond’s Old and Historic Districts. Their goal was to cultivate a dialogue about the design process for new construction within the fabric of Richmond’s historic neighborhoods with consideration given to sustainability, affordability, and maintaining each neighborhood’s own unique sense of place.

We are thrilled to announce that two G&HA employees were recognized for their submissions! Both submissions addressed the challenges of creating a new building on a vacant lot within a historic district in Richmond. Kevin Svensen was awarded the Grand Prize for his watercolors of a new building in Union Hill. Kate Lanni received a Design Excellence award for her hand sketches of a a new neighbor in Jackson Ward.

You can see both of their entries, along the with other winners, on display at The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design from now until August 31st! Read more about the competition here.

New employees and accomplishments


Glavé & Holmes Architecture is pleased to announce two new employees and numerous employee accomplishments!

Leah Embrey joined the Interior Design Studio. She earned her Bachelor of Studio Art from the University of Mary Washington and recently completed her Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design at Virginia Commonwealth University. Leah worked at Glavé & Holmes as a student intern for the last year.

Elyana Javaheri is a new Landscape Architect Intern at the firm. She earned both her Bachelor of Urban Planning and Master of Landscape Architecture from Virginia Tech.  She most recently worked as an Urban Designer for Fairfax County’s Office of Community Revitalization. Prior to her graduate studies, Elyana held internship positions at the planning department of City of Los Angeles and AECOM. Her research interests in environmental psychology as well as historic preservation led her to conducting extensive research as a research assistant at Virginia Tech, and a study abroad opportunity the results of which has been published, presented, cited, and awarded at a number of universities and resources.

Steven Blashfield, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is on the Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) Governing Council as the Director-at-Large. VAM is governed by a 24-member Council. The Council includes directors representing geographic regions of VAM membership, as well as the various disciplines of museums. Learn more about VAM’s Council here.

Rachel Shelton, AIA, CDT, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, was recently appointed the Architect Licensing Advisor for Virginia by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). The Architect Licensing Advisors Community exists to facilitate the flow of information to architecture students, interns, and architects about licensure and reciprocity. Licensing Advisors are local, state, or university volunteers who are committed to assisting interns navigate the path to licensure and advising architects on reciprocity. Learn more about the position here.

Kevin Svensen, RA, Associate AIA, is part of this year’s prestigious Virginia Society AIA Emerging Leaders in Architecture (ELA) program. Kevin is one of sixteen individuals to make up to 2016 class of Emerging Leaders, selected based on their potential to be outstanding contributors to the profession and the community. The goal of ELA is to help emerging architects learn and grow by providing tools and experiences to support their careers and future endeavors as leaders and community members. Learn more about the program here.

Emily Winn, AIA, passed all divisions of the Architecture Registration Exam (ARE) and is now a licensed architect in Virginia. She earned her Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech. With over 11 years of experience with firms in D.C. and Richmond, Emily joined G&HA as a member of the Urban Architecture Studio in June to help design and oversee construction for the renovation of three academic buildings at Virginia Tech.

G&HA recognized as Top Workplace for third year


Glavé & Holmes Architecture is honored to be recognized as a Top Workplace by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and WorkplaceDynamics for the third year in a row.

The Top Workplaces program recognizes companies that have a great work environment with results based solely on employee feedback. The employee survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. The survey took into account many factors, including employee engagement, encouragement of community involvement, and work/life balance.

Glavé & Holmes was one of 60 companies in the Richmond area to make the list. According to feedback from the survey, our employees feel genuinely appreciated by the firm and that their job makes them feel like part of something meaningful. See what else our employees had to say:

“I’m not micro-managed, and I have the freedom to express my creativity.”

“Great place to learn and grow.”

“We operate by strong values and design ideas, which continue to be recognized and earn us a respected reputation in the industry.”

Richmond SHRM, a chapter of the national Society for Human Resource Management, honored Richmond’s Top Workplaces at the Sterling Workplace Awards event May 5. To learn more about the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s list of Top Workplaces, please visit http://bit.ly/1WLPKJg.