CHARLOTTESVILLE — The University of Virginia moved forward with several building projects on Thursday, including the School of Data Science and a new residence hall expected to ease the need for upperclassmen housing.
The Board of Visitors’ Building and Grounds Committee voted to site the School of Data Science near the corner of Emmet Street and Ivy Road and make it part of the development of the former Cavalier Inn parcel.
“This promising site faces the public green with direct access to Central Grounds, and it faces Ivy Road,” said Alice Raucher, the university architect.
Specific plans and a budget for the building will come at a later date.
UVa officials hope to develop clusters of buildings on that parcel and group them around themes such as discovery, creativity and democracy.
Officials also hope to build a hotel and conference center there. According to J.J. Davis, UVa executive vice president and chief operating officer, university officials initially hoped to create a public-private partnership to build and manage the project. Due to cost, however, UVa now plans to build a hotel itself and enter into a management agreement with a third party.
Inn at Darden
The committee also approved schematic designs for the Inn at Darden, a hotel and conference space that hosts the Darden School of Business’ executive education program. The school wants to demolish most of the existing inn and build a $98 million center that will include 199 hotel rooms and wrap around an arboretum.
“We announced a major gift this year from the Sands family that will really jumpstart this project,” said Whitt Clement, chairman of the committee.
$20 million for the project will come from a recent $68 million gift by Frank M. Sands Sr.
Brandon Avenue dorm
UVa aims to complete the Bond House, the first new residence hall being built on Brandon Avenue, by August.
The committee approved a schematic design for another residence hall that will stretch the length of Brandon Avenue and sit across from the new student health center. The project will include 350 beds for upperclass students, dining and parking.
Jim Ryan included a proposal to make all first- and second-year students live on Grounds in his draft strategic plan. It is unclear whether such a proposal would push upperclass students out or whether it would require more housing to be built. Currently, almost all first-year students and about 40% of second-year students live in UVa housing.