THE CHARLOTTE COURT HOUSE DISTRICT is a national historic district located at the heart of the town of Charlotte Court House, the county seat of Charlotte County, Virginia. Since the early 1800s, this square has housed the County’s judicial system. The proceedings of these courts are housed in various historic buildings on the square, the paramount being the 1823 courthouse designed by Thomas Jefferson.
Following a feasibility study completed by Glavé & Holmes, the Circuit Court declared that a new courthouse be built to bring together the various courts and associated services housed in multiple buildings. The new courthouse is adjacent to the existing Clerk’s Office and across the public square from the historic Charlotte County Courthouse.
The 29,000 sf structure consists of two above grade floors and one partially below grade level. An enclosed pedestrian walkway connects the new courthouse to the existing Circuit Court Clerk, allowing secure public circulation from one security screening entrance. The courtroom and related spaces are located on grade and upper levels, while the lower level space includes holding cells, the sally port, and secure parking.
THE SCOTT HOUSE is one of Richmond’s most significant examples of American Renaissance architecture and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was completed in 1911 and acquired by Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in 2001. The 18,000-square-foot mansion was built for Frederic William Scott and his wife Elizabeth Strother Scott. It was modeled after the Marble House in Newport, Rhode Island, which referenced the Petit Trianon at Versailles. Interior plasterwork is attributed to prominent sculptor and plaster contractor, Ferruccio Legnaioli.
VCU commissioned Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&HA) to provide a feasibility study to assess existing conditions, programming, and conceptual design. Subsequently, G&HA was selected to provide a historically-sensitive rehabilitation to allow the building to serve as meeting and event space for visiting and University groups.
Goals for rehabilitation the Scott House included restoration of the exterior masonry and windows; upgraded mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems; and new restrooms, office space and meeting rooms. While the rehabilitation will serve a variety of modern programmatic functions, the building’s historic fabric was restored in accordance with the Secretaty of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and the University’s preservation philosophy for historic buildings.
GLAVÉ & HOLMES ARCHITECTURE was hired to study potential sites for the location of the new Admissions Building for Longwood University. Following comprehensive site investigations, conceptual site plan configurations were used to help evaluate the pros and cons of each site from various participants and together identify the best site for the Admissions Building.
The historic High Street site was chosen based on the important criteria of providing a great first impression to the overall visitor experience, the ease of integration with Admissions Tour Routes, and the ability to provide dedicated parking for the Admissions Office. The new building extends the University’s Jeffersonian Classical tradition and offers a recognizable front door to the campus experience. A directive from the University, this Classical response will make a strong visual connection between this building and the rest of the historic campus. Additionally, the building’s scale, massing, and details are in response to the historic residential fabric found north of High Street. The building’s side wings, pitched slate roof and chimneys give a residential quality to this welcoming first impression.
The team worked with the University to design a 16-foot tall obelisk, which stands in front of the Admissions Building and honors those who fought to expand American liberty. There will be historical exhibits tied to the monument inside the building.
GLAVÉ & HOLMES ARCHITECTURE worked with the Darden School of Business to refresh important spaces in Saunders Hall. The upgrades include new furniture, finishes, and window treatments in many of the areas with the overall effect of creating more inviting and comfortable spaces for students, faculty, and staff to collaborate.
As the formal entry to Saunders Hall, the renovation of the Rosenblum Lounge focused on transforming the space into a welcoming area. A custom reception desk provides a central point of contact for guests. The lounge leads into the Pepsico Forum, an octagonal, domed room with a new brightly colored, custom rug with a hand tufted pattern developed to reinforce Darden’s international focus. The South Lounge is a large, double height space which functions as the living room of the Business School. With a grand window elevation overlooking the lawn, G&HA enhanced the views and quality of light in the space with low profile architectural shades, and added comfortable seating arrangements as a solution to the room’s previously overly formal impression.
G&HA helped capitalize on the existing Whisnand Terrace with new tables to overlook the landscape and custom planter boxes with hidden casters allowing for reconfiguration.
GLAVÉ & HOLMES ARCHITECTURE worked with the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia on upgrades to the Camp Library. The interior renovations to the Library’s second floor promote active learning and create more inviting spaces.
An existing library space was removed and walls were rearranged to create space for several new departmental offices and conference rooms. The updated lobby space is designed to accommodate various uses and serves as an informal reading and study space. The new configuration allowed for a reading nook to be inserted between two small conference rooms, providing space for individual study or small impromptu meetings. G&HA connected the refreshed lobby to a new large conference room through wood and glass doors in a central arched opening that echoes existing architectural details found in the library.
A TOP PRIORITY for the University of Florida was the rehabilitation of historic Norman Hall. As one of several buildings listed on the National Historic Register, the gothic revival building is a vital historical asset to the campus and home to faculty, staff, and students of the College of Education. Glavé & Holmes collaborated with Walker Architects to restore the building exterior, update interior spaces to new academic standards, and improve the functionality of the building and its systems.
Public spaces were restored and upgraded to capitalize on the original ceiling heights and to incorporate new informal student collaboration spaces. Many of the original classrooms spaces that had been subdivided into offices were converted back into classrooms. This decision consolidated classrooms in common locations, improving wayfinding, and has allowed for significant upgrades in technology.
Design work also includes an expansion thst provides a new conference and meeting space, and the addition of a satellite food service site to the facility. The overall goal of these renovations and additions was to preserve the historic character of the building while bringing it into the 21st century. The design team hopes this space creates a home suitable for preparing future educators and educational leaders.
GLAVÉ & HOLMES ARCHITECTURE renovated the nearly 70,000 sf building that previously housed the Rockingham Memorial Hospital Cancer Center, for use as a new Admissions Office for James Madison University. The building was constructed in 1989 as a clinical annex to the hospital. The project consisted of a full interior renovation as well as restorative work to the exterior envelope. Additionally, a new colonnade with a tower and a pavilion was provided to create a welcoming entry to the building.
The renovated facility houses the Admissions Office, the Center for Assessment and Research Studies, the Graduate School and the Office of International Programs. The conversion of the previous nuclear medicine area provided a nuclear laboratory for the Physics department. The new design provides faculty and staff offices, meeting rooms, small scale academic spaces, and other mixed uses serving the needs of the University.
GLAVÉ & HOLMES provided interior design improvements to Lancaster Hall at Longwood University. The project consisted of FF&E design services for the Main Lobby, Stallard Boardroom, and the first floor offices. The design team verified the programming needs and developed a schematic design for the Owner. Following the final approvals, G&HA created specifications for all of the FF&E and finishes and provided support during bidding and installation.
The designers equipped the Main Lobby with new soft seating and occasional furnishings arrangement, new wall finishes, and modifications to the existing reception desk to meet ADA standards. The Stallard Boardroom received new carpet, decorative light fixtures, wall finishes, window treatments, chairs, and casegoods. The artwork and paint were also replaced and A/V requirements were coordinated. The carpet and paint in the offices and corridors were upgraded, new signage was installed, and the kitchenette was replaced with a new coffee/beverage service bar.
TUCKER HALL is the easternmost of five buildings of the Colonnade at Washington and Lee University. The building was constructed in 1935 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing building in the Washington and Lee Historic District. The building underwent a significant renovation in the early 1980’s when a new floor level for the University’s computing center was inserted in the original two-story law library space.
Glavé & Holmes’ scope included a complete interior rehabilitation of the building and re-establishing portions of the ornate two-story law library space. The non-historic sections of the second floor inserted in the 1980’s were completely removed with the original two-story volume space restored. The space was sub-divided to create a great hall and two classrooms. The historical pediment and pilasters were relocated to allow for a new elevator to provide handicap accessibility to all levels in the building. Tucker Hall houses offices for several departments in the University’s humanities curriculum, as well as conference, meeting, and seminar rooms, a kitchenette, lounges, and storage. The exterior work included minor repair of the existing fabric, and a new entry and stairway will be added over the areaway to the great hall from Stemmons plaza on the north side of the building.
ORIGINALLY DESIGNED BY Ralph Adams Cram, the 66,000 sf, 100-year North Court was built as a residential community for Westhampton Women’s College (now the University of Richmond). Still a popular housing option for students, the University of Richmond recently commissioned Glavé & Holmes Architecture to fully renovate the residence hall. Traditional hall style rooms and common baths will be replaced by semi-suite configurations, with expanded amenities for social gathering, study groups, and formal meetings. The original dining hall and large meeting spaces have been transformed to house the music department, with a recital hall, choir room and world music practice room attuned to meet the growing demands of the music department.
The interior spaces are warm, inviting and enduring in nature, as was the original intent of Cram’s multi-functional building. The renovation includes new building systems and modifications for code and accessibility compliance. The project also includes a comprehensive remediation of the building envelope to resolve water infiltration issues and increase energy efficiency. Glavé & Holmes Architecture utilized point cloud technology to capture existing conditions of the building and collaborated with the construction manager to develop a BIM model that aided in the design of the project.