Home to Monticello, the University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville, Va., is known for its Thomas Jefferson-inspired architecture. However, a new structure is gaining its share of attention as UVA recently installed a 11,500-square-foot, 2-story, modular, LEED-certified addition to its medical center.
Since the building would be occupied mid-year, UVA chose to use modular construction. As a result, construction of the addition was completed in four months, and the medical center did not have to close any part of its facility for the addition. Although the university planned for the modular structure to be in place for 10 to 15 years, the final design may now be used as a permanent structure, according to Mobilease Modular Space Inc., in Thorofare, N.J., the dealer for the project. The building includes an architectural curtainwall window system, including fritted glass and sunshades on the west elevation. The exterior features Reynobond panels from Alcoa Architectural Products, each of which consists of two sheets of corrosion-resistant aluminum permanently bonded to an extruded thermoplastic core material. Each panel was field measured and custom fabricated to ensure a perfect fit.
A white roof, TPO roof, poured floors, and fire-rated steel construction also contribute to the building’s LEED certification. High-efficiency heat pumps include R410A refrigerant, MERV 13 filters, and carbon dioxide sensing. Interior finishes include floor coverings and suspended ceiling materials made with a high percentage of recycled material content. Comark Building Systems of North Carolina, was the manufacturing company and Train & Partners, of Charlottesville, served as the architect.
To view a time-lapse video of the construction, courtesy of UVA, click below: