Planning for Higher Education Journal

Revitalizing Newcomb Hall for the 21st Century

Renovating and Expanding The University of Virginia Student Union Center, A Model of Collaborative Design and Integrated Planning for Sustainable Preservation
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From Volume 41 Number 1 | October–December 2012
By Jonathan Moore
Planning Types: Campus Planning

This article describes a renovation/addition project for Newcomb Hall, the student union facility on the grounds of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, that is nearing completion. Showcasing sustainable preservation practices involved in improving an existing structure, this article highlights cooperative efforts among students, faculty, architects, and contractors to upgrade a 1950s-era building with 21st-century technologies. Newcomb Hall’s interior has expanded with new entrances, increased square footage, and state-of-the-art communication and code-safety components that will continue to serve a host of university activities and related organizations. Theater and dining facilities have also been upgraded. Further, building functions have continued throughout this multifaceted project. Maintaining operations during the renovations resulted in time and cost savings and could provide a model for other colleges and universities pursuing similar projects.

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