How to bring historic buildings new life and purpose

Given the current health and safety concerns among students, their parents, faculty, staff and administrators, universities are rightly adjusting campus and facility plans. Read insights from Susan Reed, our Director of Historic Preservation about how to bring historic buildings new life and purpose on university campuses.

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As a society, we can and must do better.

In the past week, we’ve seen and heard a rising chorus of voices shouting against the evils of racism and systemic oppression. We stand in solidarity with the Black community and others who are fighting against racism, inequity, and oppression in our communities and throughout the country. Glavé & Holmes Architecture believes in elevating the human spirit. Our collective spirit can’t be fully realized or elevated until we’ve dismantled systems of oppression. As a firm, we are committed to listening, learning, advocating for social justice, and helping to build a more equitable and inclusive future. As a society, we can and must do better.

Rehabbing the Future

Susan Reed, AIA, NCARB, shares how Glavé & Holmes Architecture is preparing for a wave of restoration and rehabilitation work though its new Historic Preservation studio in this interview from Katherine Flynn at Architect Magazine. 

This article features recent projects at James Madison University’s Wilson Hall and the University of Richmond’s North Court. 

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Glavé & Holmes Architecture Launches New Studio Focused on Historic Preservation

Glavé & Holmes Architecture announces that the firm has launched a new studio focused on historic preservation. Susan Reed, AIA, NCARB will lead the new studio as its Director. In this role, she will oversee the firm’s historic preservation efforts, including management of design projects and business development initiatives.

“We are excited to build on our firm’s legacy by creating this new studio dedicated to historic preservation,” said Randy Holmes, AIA, Senior Principal and President at Glavé & Holmes. “Susan is the ideal person to take the helm of this new studio. She is an industry leader with a deep passion for bringing new life to historic structures.”

With this announcement, the 70 person firm now boasts seven studios serving a variety of markets, including higher education, cultural institutions, urban architecture, hospitality, and interior design.

For over 50 years, the firm has been known for its profound commitment to and experience in historic preservation and restoration. With a staff that includes architectural historians, historic architects, and project managers experienced with historic rehabilitations, the firm has completed numerous Certified Historic Rehabilitation projects, successfully earning Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits to help fund many of them.

“I’m honored to lead this new studio and our incredible team,” said Reed. “Whether a historic restoration, adaptive reuse, contemporary rehabilitation, or there is simply a historic component to an existing building or new construction, the Historic Preservation Studio can update an existing building while retaining its historic character.”

Reed, who will serve as the studio director, has 20 years of experience in historic preservation, including many Certified Historic Rehabilitation tax credit projects. She has worked on a variety of project types including theatres, museums, academic buildings, warehouses, historic residences, commercial buildings, churches, rural farm buildings, government buildings and even an off shore lighthouse.  Services have included condition assessments, feasibility studies, restoration and rehabilitation design, the design of compatible additions to historic structures, compatible new designs for historic contexts, construction documents, construction administration, Historic Structures Reports, National Register Nominations, and State and Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits.

The Historic Preservation Studio will lead projects and provide support to other studios when a project has a historic component. Glavé & Holmes Architecture has been committed to historic preservation since its founding and the creation of this studio brings together a team of experts with incredible depth and adept at working with local, state and national historic review agencies.

This in-house expertise will provide the firm’s clients with a dedicated team and additional value for any project with historic structures. Additionally, the firm has deep relationships with specialized consultants and can build a historic preservation-focused AE team for any project.

The number of buildings that will require renovation is expected to rise exponentially over the next few decades, creating heightened demand for architects who understand the complexities of working with existing and historic structures from a wide range of time periods. Additionally, Certified Historic Rehabilitation projects continue to be an important tool for developers to undertake complex projects in historic cities and towns across the East Coast. This new studio provides property owners with the resources they need to successfully undertake such projects.

G&HA announces new hire, employee accomplishments


Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&HA) is pleased to welcome a new hire and to recognize three staff members for recent accomplishments.

Fred Esenwein, Ph.D., AIA, NCARB, joined the firm’s Higher Education Studio as a Project Architect. He earned his B.Arch and MS in Architecture degrees from Virginia Tech, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, with specialization in American architecture in the long nineteenth century. He is a licensed architect in Virginia and has worked on various higher education projects in the Commonwealth. Before joining the firm, Fred taught as an Assistant Professor at Mississippi State University and was a visiting scholar for two summers at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin, Wisconsin. He is a member of the Society of Architectural Historians and the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.

Andrew Moore, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CDT, has been appointed to the Capitol Square Preservation Council for a three-year term.  The Council is charged with the planning and reviewing of projects that affect the State Capitol, its historic artifacts, other historic buildings on or adjacent to Capitol Square, and the landscape and archaeological features of Capitol Square. Created by the General Assembly in 1999, the Council is established in the legislative branch of state government and consists of 13 individuals with expertise in art, architecture, landscape architecture, history, preservation, and administration.

Erika Malinoski, AIA, is now a LEED Green Associate. A LEED credential represents proficiency in current sustainable design, construction, and operations standards. The LEED Green Associate exam measures general knowledge of green building practices and how to support others working on LEED projects. G&HA now has 17 LEED professionals on staff to assist our clients in sustainable design practices.

Winnie Sung, AIA, CCS, CCCA, LEED AP BD+C, has recently joined the Construction Specification Institute’s National Knowledge Committee. The committee analyzes industry trends and assists the CSI learning team in creating resources to help construction project teams work more effectively and efficiently. Winnie is the firm’s Director of Quality and has been contributing to the CSI Richmond Chapter since 2011.


G&HA team members honored with 2019 AIA Richmond Awards

Glavé & Holmes Architecture is pleased to announce Jeanne LeFever, Kalee Hartman, and J.B. Elko have all received awards from the AIA Richmond Chapter.

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Jeanne LeFever, AIA, CDFA, was awarded the Marcellus Wright Jr. Award, which is considered the AIA Richmond Chapter’s highest individual award. The award is presented to a long time Chapter member who has demonstrated continuous service to the profession through his or her work. It was created in honor of one of the Chapter’s founding members, Marcellus Wright Jr., and is based on nominations by the Honors Committee.

Kalee Hartman, Associate AIA, and J.B. Elko, earned the Alice Lehman Sunday Prize Merit Award in the Technical Drawings category. They collaborated on the drawings for a private residence in Williamsburg, showing details from fireplaces to library bookcases. Entries were judged on the ability to clearly and efficiently communicate information to an audience.

As part of AIA Richmond’s 2019 Architecture Month, all three individuals were recognized at the Honors and Awards event at the Virginia War Memorial on April 23.

Hayes becomes licensed architect



Glavé & Holmes Architecture is pleased to announce that Tim Hayes is now a licensed architect in Virginia.

Timothy J. Hayes, Jr., AIA, is in the firm’s Cultural Studio. He has an A.B. in Classics from the College of Charleston with concentrations in Historic Preservation and Community Planning, along with a Master of Architecture from the University of Miami. In addition to historic preservation, he has brought the University of Miami’s urban planning expertise developed under Dean Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk to Glavé & Holmes with work on projects like the ONE VCU Master Plan and Science Museum of Virginia Master Plan. Tim is currently serving as Project Architect for the renovation of the Fort Monroe Visitor and Education Center, which is scheduled to open this Fall.


Hammon becomes licensed architect


Glavé & Holmes Architecture is pleased to announce that Michael Hammon has passed the final portion of the Architecture Registration Exam (ARE) and is now a licensed architect in Virginia.

Michael Hammon, RA, is a Project Manager/Project Architect in the firm’s Higher Education Studio. With more than a decade of experience, he developed his skills while attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he earned his Bachelor of Arts and his Bachelor of Architecture degrees. Micahel’s portfolio contains a wide range of project types, including K-12, Higher Education, Civic/Government, and Commercial projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic. He is involved with the American Institute of Architects and is currently working on multiple renovation projects for the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia as well as the renovation of Trinkle Hall at Virginia State University.


Ritter promoted to Director of Interior Design Studio


Jessica Ritter, CID, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C, has been promoted to Director of the Interior Design Studio at Glavé & Holmes Architecture.

As a Certified Interior Designer, Jessica has extensive experience in project types ranging from hospitality, higher education, cultural, and institutional. She  has been with the firm for well over a decade and is respected for her problem-solving skills and team-oriented approach. Her superior communication skills and her gracious manner naturally lead to a focus on client satisfaction.

Jessica’s strong base of design fundamentals was developed while earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Environmental Design from Cazenovia College. She combines a keen eye for detail with a devotion to her clients to steward projects to their fullest potential. Her commitment to collaboration with all members of the design team continually produces beautiful results and delighted clients. She leads a team of 11 designers and strongly believes in providing ample opportunities for those around her to learn and grow.

Mentoring is critically important to me. I see it as my duty to make sure that I am teaching and growing a new generation of designers, equipping them with the necessary skills to confidently create spaces that enhance the world around them.

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

Thomas Branch

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.