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University of Virginia Opens School of Data Science

Published 5/10/2024
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The University of Virginia opened the $33 million School of Data Science in April of 2024 in Charlottesville. Designed by Hopkins Architects and VMDO, the 61,000-sf facility offers collaborative environments for teaching, research, and discovery. Four adaptive classrooms equipped with integrated learning technologies will support a pedagogy based on experiential education. Illuminated by abundant natural light, the highly transparent structure includes an interactive central staircase, a double-height venue for lectures and events, and a corporate commons for collaborative development with industry partners.

Overlooking a retention pond and an outdoor amphitheater, the sustainably designed building provides faculty offices with operable windows for improved ventilation. A green roof terrace with inspiring views serves as a relaxing space for informal interaction. The project team included engineering firm Arup, cost consultant Faithful+Gould, AV/IT consultant NV5, and landscape architect DumontJanks. Gilbane Building Company broke ground in October of 2021 on the facility, which has attained LEED Gold certification.

Organization Project Role
Hopkins Architects
Cost Consultant
AV/IT Consultant
Landscape Architect
Gilbane Building Company
Construction Manager