Vibrant civic centers are a defining characteristic of a great many cities, towns and counties across the United States, and often linked to the historic roots of the community. There’s been a refreshing push in recent years to transform historic and aging buildings into modern facilities that continue to serve as civic gathering spaces rather than construct new municipal buildings on a greenfield site far from the traditional town center. With technology-dominated lives and an all too familiar sense of disconnection from others, ensuring physical gathering places and a sense of in-person connection, such as a courthouse green or town square, is more important than ever.
We think colleges and universities should invest in outdoor spaces!
We all have certainly felt the pandemic’s effects across offices and functions, and now is a great time to evaluate how campus spaces have evolved and what changes are likely to be permanent. Read more about how these outdoor spaces are worth investing in from Lori Garrett, FAIA, a senior principal at our firm.
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One recent project found us briefly stumped over a battered ornamental newel post. We did some research and found out a lot more than the building owner expected. G&HA Project Manager Linda Coile, working with our in-house preservation specialists, was able to turn it into a miniature triumph of sorts.
One of Glavé & Holmes’ recent projects illuminates the interesting quirks found in significant historic properties and the technical innovation and historic expertise needed to make them whole when they have been damaged through hard usage over time. The Brody Jewish Center, located in the University Corner neighborhood in Charlottesville, has served as a student center for Jewish students at the University of Virginia since 1949.
The compact, two-story, stuccoed brick house incorporates details derived from English Arts and Crafts country houses of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The architect included some details that are associated with American Colonial Revival designs.
The historic building was originally a residence completed in 1914 for Professor Stephen H. Watts and his family. It represents architect Eugene Bradbury’s work, one of the most innovative and accomplished designers working in Charlottesville in the early twentieth century. The Brody Jewish Center engaged the team of Martin Horn and Glavé & Holmes Architecture to evaluate and rehabilitate the historic portion of the existing facility.
As might be expected from the exterior, the interior of the Watts-Hillel House is provided with a high degree of finish and detail. The most significant interior is the entry passage. This is treated as a fully paneled 18th-century hall with an elegantly detailed staircase. The stair features wide paneled tread ends supported by applied scrolled brackets, three turned balusters per tread, ramped and eased molded rail with helical turned “barley sugar” secondary newels, and a substantial turned bottom newel with an undercut double helix surround. This masterful example of craftsmanship had been treated roughly by generations of students and was hardly recognizable. The helical portion had broken mostly off.
GH&A architectural historian Gibson Worsham recognized the detail from past reading. With a little focused research on the kinds of books available to the architect in 1914, he identified it as being derived from an important New England house dating from 1755. The carved newel in the Mary Lindall House in Salem, Massachusetts, has the same form, but the Charlottesville example, while incorporating the helical surround, had been much simplified.
The newel was judged to be too damaged to restore and instead a copy was made by the millwork shop at Gaston and Wyatt in Charlottesville, produced on a CNC Router. Here is the final result!
Housing facilities are an integral part of a University’s ability not only to recruit, but also to retain students. Desirable amenities such as living / learning environments, full-service kitchens, and suite-style living are becoming expected amenities rather than exceptions. To fulfill the expanding expectations of students, Glavé & Holmes Architecture is working with colleges and universities to incorporate current and future trends to enhance the student experience while also balancing the operational costs of these facilities. Our residence hall portfolio includes a range of projects, from small renovations to new 500-bed living/ learning spaces.
North Court Residence Hall Renovation
University of Richmond
Originally designed by Ralph Adams Cram, the 66,000 sf, 100-year North Court was built as a residential community for Westhampton Women’s College (now the University of Richmond). Still a popular housing option for students, the University of Richmond recently commissioned Glavé & Holmes Architecture to fully renovate the residence hall. Traditional hall style rooms and common baths were replaced by semi-suite configurations, with expanded amenities for social gathering, study groups, and formal meetings. The original dining hall and large meeting spaces have been transformed to house the music department, with a recital hall, choir room and world music practice room attuned to meet the growing demands of the music department.
The interior spaces are warm, inviting and enduring in nature, as was the original intent of Cram’s multi-functional building. The renovation includes new building systems and modifications for code and accessibility compliance. The project also includes a comprehensive remediation of the building envelope to resolve water infiltration issues and increase energy efficiency.
Green & Gold Village Replacement
College of William and Mary
Glavé & Holmes is working with the College of William and Mary on the replacement of the existing residence halls known as the Green & Gold Village. The feasibility study explores the options relating to renovation or replacement of three residence halls (Lion, Eagle and Griffin) totaling 112,896 sf. The current bed count is 426 beds and the replacement target is 576 beds. The study developed a phasing plan to accommodate demolition and new construction in order to limit the total reduction of beds all at once. The architectural design will follow William & Mary’s Campus Design Guidelines and Facilities Management Technical Standards and is contextual to the surrounding campus community.
New Residence Hall
In response to a growing student population on this largely residential campus, Roanoke College commissioned Glavé & Holmes Architecture, in association with OWPR, to design a new 200-bed residence hall in the newly developed athletic quad. This innovative facility provides a variety of housing options for students, including four-bed, apartment style suites, with a mix of single and double rooms throughout all models. This variety encourages diversity of housing preferences and price points within the same building and allows for the possibility of a student remaining in the same residence hall throughout his or her entire college experience – transitioning to a more private housing experience from year to year. The residence hall also provides an integrated living / learning experience with classrooms, a seminar room, a kitchen, and faculty office space on the lower level.
The exterior design of the new residence hall is influenced by the Collegiate Gothic structures on the campus and maintains the rich detailing of this style with brick and cast stone accents. The building is arranged around a courtyard to form an outdoor room, providing places for residential life both inside and outside the building.
Rappahannock River Residence Hall and Parking Deck
Christopher Newport University
In response to an era of nation-wide competition to attract the best students, Christopher Newport University (CNU) has upheld its mission to provide a variety of high-quality student life experiences with the new Rappahannock River Hall. Designed by Glavé & Holmes to be stylistically compatible with other recent facilities, this 450-bed residence hall with an attached 270-car parking garage is targeted toward upper classmen who desire an apartment experience while living on campus.
The living units are configured as autonomous apartments, complete with in-unit kitchens and laundry. Although the two, three, and four bed apartments have shared living and dining spaces, each bedroom is intended for a single student and has its own bathroom, providing a balance of privacy and community. To complement the interior program, Rappahannock River Hall has a semi-private garden space intended for student recreation and outdoor living. Viewed as the culmination of the on-campus experience for CNU students, Rappahannock River Hall provides juniors and seniors with a taste of post-graduation freedom with the convenience and safe community of being on campus.
Warwick River Residence Hall
Christopher Newport University
With a growing reputation for providing a high-quality student life experience on campus, Christopher Newport University engaged Glavé & Holmes to design a new residence hall for the Sophomore class. Accommodating nearly 500 residents, Warwick River Hall provides CNU students with suite-style units, typically containing two double-bed rooms sharing a bathroom and common living space. On the ground floor, each of the gracious entrance lobbies features a reception desk, comfortable seating, gas fireplaces, and a multi-purpose room suitable for social or academic purposes. In addition to the residential suites, each floor is equipped with two full kitchens, study spaces, and laundry facilities. As the first building in the newly developed northern portion of campus, Warwick River Hall firmly anchors CNU’s student life presence, ensuring an immersive experience within the university “village.”
Greek Housing Village
Christopher Newport University
Glavé & Holmes developed a design for a new Greek Housing Village of eight fraternity and sorority houses for Christopher Newport University. The Greek Housing Village provides an identifiable home on campus for the Greek organizations. G&HA developed four house models, including a double unit which provides flexibility for CNU to accommodate smaller and larger groups from year to year. Each house has a unique façade to express their individuality within the Greek community, while contextually responding the other classically designed buildings on campus.
The first four houses are arranged radially at the end of the green space to create a community atmosphere 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. The houses are inhabited by third- and fourth-year residents and offer a combination of single and double rooms with shared bathrooms. Each house also includes laundry rooms, study spaces, a fully-equipped kitchen, chapter rooms, and public restrooms. The project has been designed in compliance with VEES (Virginia Energy Conservation and Environmental Standards) certification.
James River Residence Hall
Christopher Newport University
A neo-Georgian design aesthetic with elements of the Doric Order was selected for the new addition that forms the edge to the Great Lawn expansion to the north and encloses the courtyard currently formed by James River Hall and Santoro Hall. Continuing the architectural language and massing of recent buildings at Christopher Newport University, the exterior wall is brick with architectural precast elements including columns, cornices, and trim. The facility includes 62,862 square feet of new construction with 172 beds arranged in suite-style living where two rooms, each with two students, share a bathroom and living area. Although designated as an “addition” to the existing James River Hall, the building was designed as a stand-alone structure. The building also includes a partial fifth floor within the sloping roof structure.
Keeping with CNU’s “Student First” mission, this residence hall includes student amenities such as lounges, study rooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms on each floor. Also included is a central lobby with a staffed reception desk for student security. Additionally, the building houses a Resident Director’s office and a suite for the Resident Advisor.
Shenandoah River Hall
Christopher Newport University
Christopher Newport University hired Glavé & Holmes to study the design and feasibility of a mixed-use expansion of the student housing complex on the north edge of campus. The scope includes the demolition of the existing US Post Office building and Suntrust Tower, followed by the construction of structures to accommodate student apartments consisting of approximately 86 unites with 200 beds. The room models include mostly two and three bedroom apartments. Each bed will be in a private bedroom with a private bath. The bedrooms will share a common living space with a kitchen and laundry facilities. Circulation within the building is through interior corridors, with access control at all entrances.
The facility will also include 20,000 sf of office space for CNU, space for a branch bank with drive-through, and an expansion of the existing parking structure by 360 spaces to yield a capacity of 627 vehicles. The project will be located north of the existing Rappahannock River Hall and will include new outdoor recreation space between the two residence halls.
Thomas Branch Residence Hall
Randolph – Macon College
Glavé & Holmes designed the renovation and expansion of Thomas Branch, a three-story brick building built in the 1920’s, in response to Randolph-Macon College’s desire to combine existing accommodations for private residential life with new elements supporting student social and academic life. The interior of this building was adapted into new offices and seminar space on the first floor and new student residences, known as the Brock Residence Hall, on the upper two floors. The Brock Residence Hall houses students participating in the Wellness Environment for Living and Learning (W.E.L.L.), one of the living and learning environments.
An existing open courtyard, framed by the three wings of the building, was enclosed to create an atrium. This space includes the Higgins Academic Center, career counseling, and international studies. The original “U” shaped building, which included a parking lot in the courtyard, was programmed to include an atrium space for the gathering of students, the interaction of staff members, and for formal receptions.
North Campus Residence Halls
Randolph – Macon College
This group of three residence halls sits northeast of Randolph-Macon College’s historic campus and serves as a center for student life and activities.
Oriented around a major quadrangle, these one-story buildings were transformed into an “academic village” connected by new walks and pergolas. New work features enlarged new double-height lobbies, entrance porticoes, new windows, roofs and trim, as well as major interior improvements that create community study and gathering spaces. New mechanical and fire protection systems improve the comfort and safety of these buildings and new lighting, bathrooms, doors and finishes contribute to an enhanced student living environment. In the quadrangle, improvements such as new brick walks, landscape, lighting, site furnishings, plant materials, and storm drainage provide outdoor spaces for recreation, studying, and relaxing.
Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&HA) is pleased to announce the Colonnade Renovation at Washington and Lee University received an Honor Award from the SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture.
The project earned the Honor Award award in the Rehabilitation, Restoration or Preservation category. The jury selected eight Honor, eight Merit, five Honorable Mention and three Special Citation entries to award this year. Winning entries will appear on Society for College and University Planning’s web site, and profiled in the June issue of Learning By Design magazine.
Washington and Lee University’s front campus was designated a National Historic District in 1973, described by the Department of the Interior as “one of the most dignified and beautiful college campuses in the nation”. In the center stands the Colonnade, comprised of the five most iconic and interconnected buildings in the historic district: Washington, Payne, Robinson, Newcomb, and Tucker Halls. Glavé & Holmes was responsible for the phased rehabilitation of the Colonnade, which spanned eight years.
The Colonnade is deeply revered, making any change sensitive. However, restoring its vitality was paramount to the University: code deficiencies, inefficient infrastructure, and worn interiors reflected decades of use. Understanding the beloved nature of the buildings, the University established lofty goals for this undertaking. The renovation preserved the iconic character of each building, adhering to Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, while integrating technology in classrooms and collaboration spaces to enhance current, evolving pedagogies.
Members of the Colonnade renovation design team will be honored at the 2018 SCUP Annual Conference in Nashville on July 16. You can learn more about the award and the other honorees here.
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.
Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&HA) is pleased to announce that Radford University’s College of Business and Economics (COBE) has achieved LEED Gold Certification, the first new construction building on campus to earn this designation.
Designed with long-term use and sustainability in mind, Radford’s COBE facility boasts a two-story atrium and large assembly space, as well as state-of-the-art technology throughout the building’s classrooms and collaborative environments. Since the project’s completion in 2012, COBE has become not only a gateway to the campus, but also a “signature” building for the University.
LEED is a voluntary program that provides verification of green buildings by the U.S. Green Building Council. The LEED rating system is comprised of a number of credit categories, including sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, material and resources, indoor environment quality and innovation and design process. Sustainable features of the building’s design include green roofs and ice storage HVAC system. This LEED Gold designation further exemplifies G&HA’s commitment to sustainable and forward-thinking design.
“Obtaining LEED Gold on COBE is a wonderful achievement for Radford University,” said RU Capital Project Manager Paul Ely. “This accomplishment took the collective efforts of RU, the architects, engineers and contractors. The LEED team was fueled by RU’s persistence to ‘go for gold.’ It is refreshing to be a part of a campus which chooses to lead by example.”
To learn more about the project and its LEED status, visit Radford University’s website.
Glavé & Holmes Architecture is proud to announce Lori Garrett, Director of the Higher Education Studio, has been named one of the 2014 Influential Women of Virginia by Virginia Lawyers Weekly.
The Influential Women of Virginia awards recognize the outstanding efforts of high-achieving women across the Commonwealth. The honors are given to individuals who are making notable contributions to their chosen professions, their communities, and society at large. Lori was nominated for the award based on her efforts to reduce the obstacles faced by diverse and emerging members in the architecture industry.
For more information about the award and to see pictures from the event, visit valawyersweekly.com/influential-women.
Glavé & Holmes Architecture is pleased to announce that our work with Royal Stone, LLC on Christopher Newport University’s Pope Chapel won two awards; Architectural Precast Association Award for Excellence and Cast Stone Institute Commercial Excellence Award.
Pope Chapel, located on Christopher Newport University’s campus, was designed to be a place of celebration and ceremony for students of all faiths. The campus has been in a process of transformation over the past decade, constructing multiple new buildings in an American neo-classical style. The Chapel is situated next to Trible Library and is part of the buildings that comprise the main entrance into the campus center. As such, the Chapel is designed to contextually reflect the campus character and to be a gateway structure for the University.
Glavé & Holmes Architecture is pleased to announce that our design for Washington Hall Exhibit at Washington and Lee University has won First Place in the Historic Preservation category of the 2013 Interior Design Excellence Awards.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Washington Hall (c. 1824) was known as “the Center Building”, an appellation referencing its central importance as much as its physical location in Washington and Lee’s historic Colonnade. Important administrative functions, including the offices of the President, Provost, and University Development, fill the 24,400 square feet of this elegant three-story building.
Working within the confines of a historically significant lobby space while adhering to the Secretary of Interior Standards for Rehabilitation and LEED principles, the design sought to reconcile four main goals: (1) Create exhibit space used to educate people about and honor George Washington’s role in founding the university; (2) provide a beautiful and welcoming public lobby; (3) provide space honoring University benefactors; and (4) make sure students and faculty still felt comfortable using the space, thereby keeping it active and lively.