Charlottesville, Virginia

Owner: University of Virginia Health System

Completion Date: April 2011


Program: A five-level, 150,000-square-foot outpatient cancer center belonging to the University of Virginia's (UVA) health-care system. The new freestanding center (which had outgrown its cramped quarters in the neighboring UVA hospital) includes exam rooms; spaces for radiology, radiation oncology treatment, and infusion; a women's clinic; a meditation room; a pharmacy; a terrace; and a roof garden. The project helps unite what had been a smattering of medical buildings with a new landscaped circular drive, which is scheduled to open in May 2012. ZGF is also building a tower that will lead visitors from two parking garages to bridges that connect with the hospital and the cancer center. The tower is slated for completion in May 2012.

Design concept and solution: Creating a sense of place was important to the ZGF team. They wanted the cancer center to not only bring cohesion to the UVA medical campus, but also to provide a welcoming home base for patients returning for continuing treatment. Using steel, concrete, and composite metal decking for the structure, the architects defined the patient areas with glass on the south facade and used brick on the north end, where staff and support spaces are located. Treatment rooms run along the corridors in between. Near the corner of the south facade, a vertical plane of limestone divides the entryway and lobbies from the medical zones. At the entrance, the white columns of the curtain wall are emphasized, a nod to both the Jeffersonian architecture of the university and the white metal-panel facade of the hospital. Inside, themed floors recall the different regions of Virginia, from the Piedmont to the mountains to the valley. On the second floor a color palette of hazy blues and greens, along with furniture accented with exposed pebbles, calls to mind Virginia's coastal plain.

Total construction cost: $74 million

Location: 1240 Lee Street, Charlottesville, VA

ZGF Architects LLP
1800 K Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006
202-380-3128 F


University of Virginia Health System

ZGF Architects LLP
1800 K Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006
202-380-3128 F

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Margie DeBolt, AIA – Partner-in-Charge
Rick Clarke, AIA – Principal Designer
Bryan Cannon – Designer / Project Architect
Joseph Johnson, AIA – Project Manager
Heidi Jones-Huffman, Assoc. AIA – Medical Planner
Jinsong Wu, AIA – Design Team
Morina Peterson, Assoc. AIA – Design Team
Terri Johnson, Assoc. IIDA – Senior Interior Designer
Myron Ward – Design Team

Architect of record:
ZGF Architects

Interior designer:
ZGF Architects

Mechanical Electrical & Plumbing Engineer:
Affiliated Engineers Inc.
401 N. Washington St.
Rockville, MD

Structural Engineer:
Robert Silman Associates
1053 31st St. NW
Washington, DC

Site Civil Engineer:
4180 Innslake Dr.
Glenn Allen, VA

Landscape: AECOM, Alexandria, VA

Lighting: MCLA, Washington, DC

Acoustical/Vibration: Shen Milsom & Wilke, Arlington, VA

Wayfinding: Corbin Design Inc., Traverse City, MI

Fire & Life Safety: Schirmer Engineering (Aon), Greenbelt, MD

General contractor
Gilbane Building Company

© Chuck Choi

CAD system, project management, or other software used: AutoCAD 2008



Structural system
Steel, concrete and composite metal deck

Exterior cladding
Masonry: Face brick to match with Old Virginia Brick, Salem, VA

Stone:   Bloom Run sandstone by Russell Stone Products

Metal/glass curtain wall: Glazing curtain by Kawneer, and aluminum composite panel by Reynobond

Metal Panel @ Penthouse Roof: Copper composite panel by Reynobond

Metal Panel @ entrance canopy: Stainless sheet panel by Reynobond

Metal Shading System: C/S Group

Single-ply TPO ‘sure-weld’ roof system by Carlisle

Metal Frame: Kawneer

Clear Tempered Glass: Oldcastle Glass

Insulated Glazing: Viracon

Entrances: Glass & Metal Inc.

Revolving Door: International Revolving Door Company

Wood doors: ISEC

Metal doors: Augusta Steel Corp

Sliding doors: Dorma Automatic Inc

Neutron shielding doors: El. Dorado

Locksets: Corbin Russwin

Hinges: Mc Kinney

Closers: Sargent

Exit devices: Corbin Russwin

Pulls: Rockwood

Interior finishes
Acoustical ceilings: Armstrong

Linear wood ceilings: Rulon Company

Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: ISEC

Stainless steel & tempered glass railing system: Shickle Corporation

Paints and stains: Sherwin Williams

Wooding Paneling: ISEC

Plastic laminate: ISEC

Resinous Martix Terrazzo and wall tile: David Allen Company

Resilient flooring: Johnsonite

Carpet:  Bentley Prince Street

Reception and main public furniture: Nemschoff

Fixed seating: ISEC

Office furniture: Human Scale & Steelcase

Interior ambient lighting: Lightolier, Poulsen and etc.

Downlights: Lightolier, RSA and etc.

Task lighting: Eureka

Exterior: Bega

Elevators/Escalators: FujiTec America, Inc

Motorized shade system with sun sensor: Commonwealth Blinds & Shades