At a Glance

Stream restoration and stormwater best management practices are integrated into plans to redevelop a major gateway at the University of Virginia.

Project Description

The University of Virginia’s (UVA) Ivy Road corridor is 15-acre parcel of land located at the juncture of two major roadways. It serves as a gateway to the campus and a critical link between UVA’s North, Arts, and historic Central Grounds. Recognizing the site’s potential to deliver even greater benefits to the University and its community, the University and the University of Virginia Foundation launched a comprehensive planning and design initiative for the site.

Biohabitats served as a key member of the project team, which was led by DumontJanks. With an eye toward the University’s goals to redevelop the corridor in way that would enhance safety and connectivity, provide an opportunity for interaction with the broader Charlottesville community, improve aesthetics by screening an adjacent garage, accommodate transportation, and optimize economically viable development, Biohabitats provided environmental and stormwater management planning
and early phase design to
support the project.

Biohabitats began by assessing the site’s hydrology and ecology. Based on the assessment, Biohabitats prepared conceptual recommendations for improving stormwater management while enhancing ecology, aesthetics, and accommodating space programming. This involved restoring and relocating a stream to accommodate a new hotel, creating a large open water feature that will serve as a gathering space while also helping to retain, filter, and treat stormwater, and routing offsite runoff around the site to alleviate flooding impacts to the roadways. Biohabitats also met with Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the US Army Corp of Engineers regulators to review alternative design approaches and worked closely with the design team and UVA staff to refine the designs to meet the multiple project objectives.

Details

Bioregion

Chesapeake/Delaware Bays

Physiographic Province

Piedmont

Watershed

James River

Expertise Areas

Ecological Restoration, Urban Ecology

Owner

UVAF Director of Design & Development

Location

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

Awards

2020 SCUP Honor Award for Excellence in Landscape Architecture for Open Space Planning

Project Team
  • DumontJanks
  • VHB
  • Oehme van Sweden