University of Virginia West Grounds Master Plan


University of Virginia West Grounds Master Plan

LocationCharlottesville, VA
ClientUniversity of Virginia
ServicesMaster Planning
Site Area34 ac (14 ha)

As part of an invitation-only design competition, OCULUS developed a site design for the University of Virginia’s West Grounds that integrates the significant expansion of the University’s Science and Engineering campus into the greater grounds.

The proposed scheme sites three new buildings containing 300,000 sqft (27,870 sqm) of academic space and creates a new western threshold within the University Grounds, linking the McCormick Road, Alderman Road, and the Stadium Grounds areas. The design establishes a distinct identity for West Grounds that reflects the cutting-edge academic work occurring there. A unified sense of place is created through circulation networks and landscape design that utilize bold intersections, stitches, and overlaps to tie together the eclectic mix of buildings, spaces, and uses.

The site plan was developed through careful explorations of campus life, pedestrian experiences, sustainability, aesthetics, project phasing, and every-day as well as event-day activities. The plan seeks to embrace the day-to-day realities of the University Grounds by sensitively accommodating issues of parking, utilities, service needs, and maintenance.