Enhancing the Student Housing Experience

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

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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

Roanoke College

VHAM3800In 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

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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

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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.

 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

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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.

The Colonnade receives AIA Virginia Award

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Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&HA) is pleased to announce the Colonnade Renovation at Washington and Lee University received a Merit Award from AIA Virginia.

The project earned the Merit Award in the Historic Preservation category. The historic preservation category focuses specifically on excellence in strategies, tactics, and technologies that advance the art, craft, and science of preserving historically significant buildings and sites. The jury takes into consideration adherence to local, state, and national criteria for historic preservation.

Designated a National Historic District in 1973, Washington and Lee University’s front campus is 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’ phased rehabilitation of the Colonnade spanned eight years.

With diverse programs, state-of-the-art classrooms, seminar spaces, and faculty offices including Office of the President, the life of every student will revolve around the Colonnade at some point. Always the heart of the University, the deft renovations have pumped new life into each building, guaranteeing their continued place in the heart of future generations. The design team followed the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, preserving character-defining features and respectfully deferring to the existing aesthetic, while upgrading systems throughout.

Members of the Colonnade renovation design team will be honored at the 2018 Visions for Architecture gala on November 9.

G&HA recognized for interior design on two projects


Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&HA) was recognized by the American Society of Interior Designers / International Interior Design Association for two projects at the Interior Design Excellence Awards ceremony this year.

  • Tucker Hall Renovation, Honorable Mention, Historic Preservation Category
  • North Court Renovation, Honorable Mention, Historic Preservation Category

Tucker Hall Renovation, Washington and Lee University
Tucker Hall is the easternmost of five buildings of the Colonnade at Washington and Lee University. The building was constructed in 1935 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing building in the Washington and Lee Historic District. The goal of this project was to create functional, attractive classrooms, offices, and more space for casual interaction, all while preserving Tucker Hall’s iconic image and retaining a sense of its history. The rehabilitation preserved the mouldings, ceiling heights, and checkerboard terrazzo floor of Tucker Hall’s octagonal entry and main hall. Originally constructed as a double-height reading room, a second floor had been installed in the 1980’s. The floor was removed, and significant elements such as the two-story pedimented door and crown mouldings were revealed. The space was sub-divided to create a great hall and two classrooms.

North Court Renovation, University of Richmond
Originally designed by Ralph Adams Cram in 1911, North Court is historically and architecturally significant and is listed on National Register of Historic Places. The team preserved the historic character of the building and the integrity of the building’s historic spaces, elements, and materials were maintained. The interiors were upgraded to current standards within the limits of the Virginia Rehabilitation Code. The design is warm, inviting, and enduring in nature, as was the original intent of Cram’s multi-functional building. Materials were chosen to reflect the historic nature of the building, while brightening up the once dark corners of the halls, rooms, and Music Department spaces.


G&HA Makes Top Firm Rankings


The Building Design + Construction rankings are up! The 42nd annual BD+C Giants 300 report ranks architecture, engineering, and construction firms across more than 20 building sectors and specialty services. Glavé & Holmes Architecture is thrilled to be on 12 of those lists and came in the top 40 in three of the categories!

  • Top 70 Religious Sector Architecture + AE Firms
  • Top 85 State Government Architecture + AE Firms (#32)
  • Top 110 Architecture/Engineering Firms
  • Top 110 Hotel Sector Architecture + AE Firms
  • Top 115 Cultural Facilities Architecture + AE Firms (#37)
  • Top 130 Local Government Architecture + AE Firms
  • Top 150 K-12 School Architecture + AE Firms
  • Top 150 Multifamily Architecture + AE Firms
  • Top 155 Government Sector Architecture + AE Firms
  • Top 175 University Architecture + AE Firms (#35)
  • Top 195 Reconstruction Work Architecture + AE Firms
  • Top 200 Office Sector Architecture + AE Firms

We are proud to be listed among many influential firms across the US. Earlier this year, Glavé & Holmes was honored to make the Top 300 Architecture Firms list from Architectural Record and the Top Design Firms list from ENR Mid-Atlantic. G&HA’s mission to “elevate the human spirit” continues to drive us to create meaningful work.

Silinsh joins G&HA as new Director of Hospitality Studio


Glavé & Holmes Architecture is thrilled to announce Eric Silinsh, AIA, has joined the firm as the new Director of the Hospitality Studio.

As Director of the Hospitality Studio, Eric oversees the firm’s efforts in the hospitality sector, including management of design projects and business development initiatives. He was most recently a Senior Associate with Robert A. M. Stern Architects in New York.

“We are excited to welcome Eric to our team,” said Randy Holmes, AIA, Senior Principal and President at Glavé & Holmes. “He brings a depth of experience in hospitality design and will help continue to grow our presence in the sector. Most notably, Eric’s vision aligns with our firm’s belief that great architecture can elevate the human spirit.”

With more than 20 years of design experience, Eric is an industry leader with expertise in designing unique hospitality properties that evoke clear stories about their place in specific neighborhoods or environments. In recent years, he has been involved in a number of hospitality developments throughout the East Coast, totaling over $330 million in value and over 770,000 square feet of proposed hospitality space.

I’m honored to join Glavé & Holmes Architecture,” said Silinsh. “The firm has a reputation for impeccable quality and a strong track record of success in the hospitality sector. I look forward to leading this talented team and building on those accomplishments.

Robert Parise Promoted to Principal


Robert J. Parise, AIA, has been promoted from Senior Associate to Principal at Glavé & Holmes Architecture. Rob is a Director of one of the Higher Education Studios at the firm and has led multiple complex projects. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University and has accrued more than two decades of comprehensive design and project management experience. He is currently working on multiple projects at both Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia, including the new Inn at Darden with Cooper Carry. Rob is also leading the design of a new Visitor Center and Master Plan for Bath County.

Rob’s professional development has been spectacular as he embraced increasingly complex and challenging roles on projects and within the firm. Rob does an amazing job of exhibiting the leadership qualities of a Principal, and I wholeheartedly endorse the decision of my partners to promote Rob to this position.

-Andrew Moore, Principal and Director of Urban Architecture

Farewell G&HA Summer Interns!

Glavé & Holmes Architecture had the pleasure of hosting two amazing summer interns this year!

Olivia Kramer came to G&HA from the University of Miami where she is studying Architecture and Business Management. She spent her time working on the Science Museum of Virginia Master Plan as a member of our Cultural Studio.

Ryan Gebhart is pursuing his Master of Architecture at Catholic University. During his time with our Higher Education Studio, Ryan working on various projects at the University of Virginia.

As they head back to school, we wanted to catch up with them on their experience at our office in Richmond.

what did you enjoy about your time at g&ha?

Olivia: I was provided with meaningful work as an intern, and enjoyed the welcoming studio culture of Glavé & Holmes. Each day I felt included, supported and respected. The people at Glavé are not only talented, but genuine, motivating and produce great work, and that is not easy to find. 

Being a foodie, the diverse food scene of RVA is impressive. I was never bored with close proximity to the beach, mountains, vineyards and other prominent cities. As I got to know my studio through working on projects together, I also got plugged into other social activities, like beach volleyball, to get to know other staff members. Even though a summer may go by quick, make it count.

Ryan: I really enjoyed being part of this firm and truly appreciated the scope of work I was involved in, especially the attention to detail it all required. The comradery and devotion to excellent architecture that I experienced here in my short three months is incredibly inspiring. I believe it has something to do with the firm’s motto and it is wondrously executed in this office. I’m looking forward to returning to grad school at Catholic University of America in DC for the new semester, taking with me everything that I’ve learned this summer.

G&HA’s Best Practices for the Design of Admission Offices and Visitor Centers


A well-designed admission office and welcome center is an essential asset in the college visit experience. Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&HA) has been commissioned to design eight admission offices and visitor centers in the last 10 years. Through this expertise, our team has distilled the best practices for the design of these facilities into the following elements that can increase the effectiveness of a campus visit.

  1. Choreograph the Arrival Sequence – Keep in mind location, accessibility, and first impressions.
  2. Create a Memorable Experience with Emotional Connections – Does the building serve as an ambassador for the college brand, conveying the university’s mission and identity through its architectural expression?
  3. Enhance the Presentation – Use design principals punctuated with technology and graphic displays to communicate information and make a lasting impact.
  4. Provide Effective and Efficient Work Space – Understand staff and administrative needs to design spaces that work and function well.
  5. Be Open to New Ideas – Benchmarking tours of other spaces can be a useful tool for expanding imaginations.

Read more about these and other best practices in the articles written by Lori Garrett, FAIA, our in-house expert and Director of Higher Education Studio.

Robert Parise promoted to Director of Higher Education Studio


Robert Parise, AIA, Senior Associate, has been promoted to a Director of the Higher Education Studio at Glavé & Holmes Architecture.

As Glavé & Holmes continues to expand our work in the education market sector with the types of projects as well as the geographical reach, Rob’s new role as the Director of the firm’s second Higher Education Studio will help us better serve clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic. He will work alongside Senior Principal Lori Garrett, FAIA, LEED Green Associate, who created the Higher Education Studio 14 years ago and will continue to lead with Rob.

Rob received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Syracuse University and began his journey in the profession in New York. He moved to the Richmond area in 2000 and  has spent the last 15 years at Glavé & Holmes in project leadership and business development. Rob Parise has two decades of comprehensive design and project management experience.

As a valued and long-time employee of Glavé & Holmes, Rob will oversee some of the firm’s most complex projects. His portfolio is comprised of a broad range of project types including higher education, hospitality, and cultural. Rob is involved in all stages of the process from business development to project delivery. He recently finished the renovation and expansion of Christopher Newport University’s main dining hall and has worked on numerous residence halls on this campus.

G&HA announces new hires, employee accomplishments

Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&HA) is excited to announce one newly licensed architect and two new hires!

HeadshotsErika Malanoski, AIA, is now a licensed architect in Virginia. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor in Architecture and a minor in Industrial Design. Erika is a member of Glavé & Holmes’ Higher Education Studio and is currently working on Veritas School’s Dubose Hall Renovation and Liberty University’s new Business School. In her free time, she enjoys renovating her home, hand drafting, and reading.

Headshots2Kit Ashley joined Glavé & Holmes as a Project Manager/Project Architect in the Higher Education Studio. He has 17 years of experience with 10 years serving in a similar role. Kit earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech and worked most recently at Commonwealth Architects. He has experience with many project types, frequently working with historic renovations including The Beacon Theatre in Hopewell and Virginia State University’s Lockett Hall. He is skilled in AutoCAD, Revit, and Bluebeam. When he isn’t working, Kit enjoys soccer, cycling, and spending time with his family. 

Headshots3Peter Malanoski has joined Glavé & Holmes as a Construction Administration Assistant. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Richmond. Prior to that he studied architecture at Virginia Tech, and has worked for many years in residential construction. Peter worked most recently as a Teaching Assistant at the Faison Center for Autism. He has experience with AutoCad, SketchUp, and the Adobe Creative Suite. Peter’s hobbies include photography, furniture making, drawing, and writing.