University of Virginia
Gilmer Hall and Chemistry Building Renovations
Size: 380,000 square feet
LEED: Gold (Tracking)
University of Virginia commissioned Perkins+Will to reposition two main “workhorse” buildings for biology and chemistry research and teaching, totaling approximately 380,000 sf of full or partial phased renovations. Perkins+Will will coordinate the planning of these renovations, while classes continue to take place within the building. The deteriorating exterior cladding of Gilmer Hall will be replaced with a new energy-efficient envelope, substantially refreshing the exterior image of the building, as well as completely new MEP systems aimed to reduce the current energy consumption of both buildings by half.
The design will introduce environments that facilitate a more collaborative culture in interdisciplinary research than is currently possible and greatly improve the experience of students in the STEM disciplines with laboratories and classrooms that support active leavening models. The project also includes a completely new home for the Department of Psychology, which will position that department to further build on its prestigious reputation.