The Rotunda designed by Thomas Jefferson as the architectural and academic heart of the University’s community of scholars was completed in 1826. The extensive Rotunda renovation, which took from 2012 to 2016, included replacing the domed roof and the exterior column capitals, installing all new interior systems and refurbishing the Dome Room. Three new classrooms and additional study space were developed to encourage students to spend more time in the iconic core of the University. The challenge for this renovation came from meeting modern environmental standards while maintaining the historical integrity of the structure
The University received LEED-NC v2009 Silver certification for the Rotunda renovation project.
“The demolition was carefully managed to minimize the amount of material that was removed, and all of the waste was directed to a recycling service so that more than 95 percent of the materials that were removed from the building were recycled,” Brian Hogg, senior historic preservation planner, said. “The heating, cooling and plumbing systems were designed to be very efficient, and the HVAC has much greater ability to control the rooms for comfort. All of the lights in the building are LED, so in the Dome Room, for instance, the wattage needed to light the dome well is now about 25 percent of what was needed before the renovation. The paints, adhesives and sealants all included low volatile organic compounds.” Source: UVA Today, January 22, 2018, UVA’S VENERABLE ROTUNDA TAKES THE LEED by Matt Kelly
Led by Brian Hogg, Senior Historic Preservation Planner for the Office of the Architect for the University. Brian, the tour will guide visitors through details of the renovation and restoration of the Rotunda.
This course will be approved for 1 GBCI and AIA CEs
Due to space limitations this tour is for USGBC community members only. Register Here
The tour will begin on the south side of the Rotunda on the Lawn. Parking will be available at the Central Grounds Garage off Emmet Street.