Scott Shipp Hall Renovation and Addition

Scott Shipp Hall (c1918), is one of the core academic classroom buildings at the Virginia Military Institute. This facility, originally constructed in 1918 and expanded in 1955, serves the Institute’s academic programs in the Liberal Arts including the departments of English, International Studies, Economic/Business, Modern Languages, and History. With the Corp of Cadets growing at VMI, G&HA was commissioned to complete a rehabilitation and expansion of the facility, including renovation and rehabilitation of approximately 66,840-square-feet, and a five-story 28,000-square-foot addition. Work included a complete redesign of the 1955 wing while restoring much of the original 1918 character. The new addition is designed with a compatible Gothic Revival style to match the original structure and the overall character of VMI’s academic facilities.

The building includes five stories on a heavily sloping site and is located on a key corner of the main access road through the Post. Among the challenges in the project included developing a phasing plan to allow a portion of the building to remain operational for classes throughout the project construction. The compact site area also required careful design consideration to integrate the facility and create better accessibility for the facility, without impacting the adjacent Letcher Avenue or overwhelming surrounding facilities. The facility includes the addition of new classrooms, interactive learning spaces, faculty offices, a photo lab, and significant new space for Cadet study areas. A new Front Entry Terrace will serve as the review stand for Cadet leadership to review the daily parade of Cadets down Letcher Avenue. New technology has been integrated throughout the project to provide state-of-the-art learning spaces for the next generation of VMI Cadets.

Carr’s Hill Rehabilitation

Designed by architect Stanford White and constructed in 1909, Carr’s Hill is home to the President of the University of Virginia and provides meeting and entertainment space for University events. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register, this signature historic property has been renovated for the first time. Glavé & Holmes, in collaboration with Associated Architects John G Waite Associates,  prepared a feasibility study to provide programming and a site study for a new entertainment pavilion. The study included site analysis, massing studies and the development of a site plan. The team was subsequently awarded the full project to restore the exterior and interior of the historic house, as well as provide outdoor event space.

The renovation work was designed and executed to high preservation standards and in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. The landscape was also sensitively redesigned to support events in an unobtrusive way. The goal was to minimize permanent change to significant features of the buildings and site while making it more functional for modern use. Restoration design was also completed for the out-buildings located on the Carr’s Hill site.

Carr’s Hill was awarded first place for Historic Preservation at the IIDA Virginia & West Virginia Chapter/ASID IDEAS Awards, AIA Virginia’s Excellence in Design Historic Preservation Honor Award as well as the Historic Preservation Merit Award from AIA Richmond. This project is LEED Certified.

Westhampton on Grove

WESTHAMPTON ON GROVE is a mixed-use redevelopment of the old Westhampton Theater and Long & Foster properties at 5706 & 5702 Grove Avenue. Glavé & Holmes provided a design for two, three-story mixed-used buildings in this Near West End neighborhood of Richmond.

Westhampton on Grove is the result of community outreach, careful planning, thoughtful design, and cooperation with neighborhood businesses and residents to breathe new life into a legacy property.  Glavé & Holmes worked with the developers to create a high quality mixed-use project that serves the residents and businesses in Westhampton, while complimenting and strengthening the scale and character of the community surrounding it.

Retail and restaurant spaces occupy the first floor with offices on the second floor. The third floor features luxury condos with one to two bedroom floorplans. The pedestrian-oriented design is consistent with the scale and character of the existing fabric of the Libbie and Grove corridor.

Westhampton School Redevelopment

GLAVÉ & HOLMES ARCHITECTURE has delivered the new exemplar for mixed-use living on the campus of a handsome, renovated school building on Patterson at Libbie Avenues. The four-acre site includes a new Bon Secours medical office building, capacious structured parking, retail, and a flourishing restaurant with an outdoor patio.

The project indicates the strong market residential demand, a short walk along Libbie to the popular retail center at Westhampton at Grove. Westhampton Commons fits its context by connecting pedestrians and cyclists to the neighborhood’s network and offers to the community a shared green space.

The residential market affirms so strongly the elegance of the contemporary classical architecture that a final building is on the boards to be completed in the near future.

Brandon Plantation

GLAVÉ & HOLMES ARCHITECTURE renovated the Breakfast Kitchen on the first floor, the Catering Kitchen and Storage Pantry in the basement, and five of the existing restrooms on the property. In the Breakfast Kitchen, the team retained this historic dumbwaiter and reconfigured the cabinetry to include a new refrigerator/freezer, cooktop, sink, microwave, and dishwasher. The designers developed two conceptual schemes for the Owner and moved forward with the one selected. Restroom updates included new window treatments, plumbing and cabinetry, light fixtures, and creating new opens or reconfiguring existing space.

Sweet Briar House

GLAVÉ & HOLMES ARCHITECTURE provided interior design services and an updated historic structures report for the rehabilitation of the historic Sweet Briar House at Sweet Briar College. The House, originally built in 1790, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as the residence of the College’s President. The three-story brick structure is approximately 10,400 square feet.

The scope of the interior design work included updating interior finishes within the first-floor public areas of the historic house, representing approximately 3,000 sf of area and the second floor public spaces and circulation corridors, representing approximately 3,000 sf of area. Work also included the reconfiguration of toilet rooms, kitchen and ancillary spaces in support of the public areas and structural analysis of the floor system in the second floor library. All interior work was completed according the Department of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. Treatments convey an appropriate look consistent with the resource’s period of significance. The overall goal was to create a coherent, visual appearance and interpretation for the first floor public areas consistent with the high stature of the House.

Private Residence

WITH A SWEEPING VIEW of the James River, this private residence was originally designed by William Lawrence Bottomley and was constructed in 1930. The property included the main house and two flanking pavilions at the cobblestone courtyard’s entry. The interior refurbishment of the main level of the eastern office pavilion included a private office, bathroom, and gunroom with a custom gun table. The design created a private respite for the Owner’s home office and caters to his outdoor past times. In the bathroom, the occasional penny tile was removed and replaced with the end of a spent shotgun shell. The exterior remained intact with the exception of the garage elevation, which transformed the existing three car garage into a two car garage.

The western pool pavilion received an interior renovation and exterior addition including a veranda, pool and pool enclosure with a custom fountain and outdoor fireplace. On the interior, the changing area includes a shower with a barrel vaulted ceiling and a herringbone tile ‘rug’ centered on the vanity. The well-appointed kitchen area features limed oak custom cabinetry that complements the travertine flooring, which extends onto the pool deck for a homogenous feel between the interior and exterior.

Paying homage to Bottomley’s aesthetic, the renovation design for this private residence integrates the new and the existing architecture and enriches the enjoyment of the property for the family and their visitors. As the Owner remarked at the completion of construction, “The new additions look like they were always there and that is just what I wanted.”

Private Residence

THIS PROJECT was intended as a contextual design response to the rich architectural heritage of Princeton. Built of argillite stone, the house is large in scale, but is decidedly not grand in its siting and scale of rooms. Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&HA) designed specialized spaces for intimate entertaining of friends and family in rooms such as the wine cellar, golf room (with simulation of iconic courses), club room, loggia with fireplace and terrace fire pit, pool cabana, indoor endless pool conservatory, gym, theater, and two-level library stair- tower. It is detailed and carefully rendered yet avoids the off-putting ambition of developer mansions. Crafting a “cozy and comfortable” house of significant size required careful consideration of scale, material palette, and room adjacencies.

G&HA provided interior design services for this residence. The architect is Island Architects based in Richmond and Charleston, South Carolina.

Warwick River Residence Hall

KNOWN FOR PROVIDING a high-quality student life experience on campus, Christopher Newport University (CNU) engaged Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&HA) to design a new residence hall for the sophomore class. Accommodating nearly 500 residents, Warwick River Hall provides CNU students with suite-style units, typically containing two double occupancy bedrooms that share a bathroom and common living space. On the ground floor, each of the gracious entrance lobbies features a reception desk, comfortable seating, fireplaces, and a multi-purpose room suitable for social or academic purposes.

In addition to the residential suites, each floor is equipped with two full kitchens, study spaces, and laundry facilities. As the first building in the newly developed northern portion of the CNU campus, Warwick River Hall ensures an immersive experience within the university village. Warwick River Hall is targeting LEED Silver certification.

Rappahannock River Residence Hall

IN RESPONSE to an era of nation-wide competition to attract the best students, Christopher Newport University (CNU) has upheld its mission to provide a variety of high-quality student life experiences with the new Rappahannock River Hall. Designed by Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&HA) to be stylistically compatible with other recent facilities, this Neo-Georgian, 450-bed residence hall with an attached 270-car parking garage is targeted toward upper classmen who desire an apartment experience while living on campus.

Located on the northern edge of the CNU community, and adjacent to off-campus commercial services, the living units are configured as autonomous apartments, complete with in-unit kitchens and laundry. Although the two, three, and four bed apartments have shared living and dining spaces, each bedroom is intended for a single student and has its own bathroom, providing a balance of privacy and community. To complement the interior program, Rappahannock River Hall encloses an exterior, semi-private garden space intended for student recreation and outdoor living. Viewed as the culmination of the on-campus experience for CNU students, Rappahannock River Hall provides juniors and seniors with a taste of post-graduation freedom with the convenience and safe community of being on campus.