To enable the University to realize Thomas Jefferson’s original purpose for the Rotunda as a place of learning and collaboration and not just a historical landmark, the Architect designed a new basement under the original structure to accommodate additional academic and recreational space and directed a painstaking restoration of the building’s elements. As part of an on-call contract with UVA, F&R provided the geotechnical consultation required for foundation and underpinning to ensure no damage would be sustained by the structure. Our team also conducted special inspections of construction materials and seismic resistance (not a consideration during Jefferson’s time).

The Rotunda, as part of the UVA Academical Village, is one of only four man-made UNECSO World Heritage Sites in the United States.

F&R’s entry for the ACEC Virginia 50th Anniversary Celebration