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Hotel + Conference Center

The Hotel and Conference Center, a contemporary embodiment of Jeffersonian principles, will serve not only the campus community but also visitors and Charlottesville residents, offering a vibrant new space for intellectual exchange. 

The University of Virginia's new Hotel and Conference Center, a cornerstone of the of the Emmet/Ivy Corridor redevelopment, is set to be a landmark project connecting the North and Central Grounds. The development, which includes 225 guestrooms, extensive conference facilities, and a visitors' center, serves as a contemporary embodiment of Jeffersonian principles.

Hotel + Conference Center Site within the Emmet/Ivy Corridor Redevelopment
The Rotunda on The Lawn

Part of the broader “Open Grounds” initiative, the Hotel and Conference Center is envisioned as a vibrant hub for the UVA community, Charlottesville residents, and visitors, promoting dynamic intellectual and social interactions. It replaces the Cavalier Inn, a long-standing symbol of hospitality and university life, continuing its legacy of service and community engagement.

Led by TenBerke and Hanbury, the project is seen as a transformative step for UVA, connecting various university sectors and the public through educational, hospitality, and event-oriented spaces, reinforcing its role as a physical and conceptual bridge within the University's grounds.

Set within a high-performance landscape, the project offers unique educational opportunities by aligning UVA's holistic approach to stormwater management with the natural hydrology and watershed dynamics of the area

  • Sector: Civic + Community, Higher Education
  • Scope: Architecture
  • Charlottesville, Virginia
  • 220,000 SF
  • Renderings by TenBerke
Project Team
Jane Cady Rathbone
Design Principal
David Keith
Managing Principal
William G. Hopkins
Project Manager
Jean Webster
Annesley B. Cole
Christopher M. Charles
Ramon E. Soledispa
Jeffrey G. Butts, Jr.
Kenneth Johnston
Michael C. Beaver
Specifications / QA QC
Design Architect
2rw Consultants
MEP Engineering
SKA Consulting Engineers
Structural Engineering
Civil Engineering
Dumont Janks
Landscape Architect
Mulford Cost Management
Cost Estimator
Newcomb & Boyd
AV, IT, Data, Telecommunications, Energy Modeling, Security
Illumination Works
Lighting Consultant
Hospitality House
Food Service Consultant