Barton Malow

McCormick Road Houses Renovation

University of Virginia

University of Virginia McCormick Road Houses Renovation

University of Virginia’s McCormick Road Houses, a collection of hallway-style complexes built in the 1950s, are home to over 900 first-year students. To give freshmen refreshed residences, the University selected Barton Malow as the construction manager for this multi-stage project to update all six four-story buildings, which total 300,000 SF across a 9.5-acre site.

The initial utility phase brought new services to each building and completed masonry repairs. The additional two stages last just over a year each and will ensure their comfort by adding elevators, renovating bathrooms, installing air conditioning, expanding The Castle dining facility, and providing updates to building systems. Additionally, some ground floor areas will be converted in study lounges and common areas to foster a unique community. In all, this vast project spans three summers, with the goal of giving all McCormick Road residents an incredible space to work, learn, and play by the fall semester of 2020. With strictly enforced phased turnover, we are utilizing our local self-perform team for interiors to ensure schedule certainty.

Phased to fit: schedules +systems

With the original structures not designed to receive modern-day MEP systems, this project presented unique technical challenges. Extensive time was spent in preconstruction working with the design team and our design-assist MEP subcontractors to develop solutions for major pathways and repetitive conditions typical of residence halls.

The preparatory work for the equipment and installation of all the piping was completed while the building was occupied so the team could hit the ground running with major renovations once the students moved out. This planning resulted in solutions that minimized the loss of square footage for chases, shafts, equipment rooms, maximized ceiling heights, and stream-lined the project schedule.