The School of Data Science building is scheduled to be the first academic building constructed on the 14.5-acre Emmet-Ivy parcel, a central landscape corridor at the University of Virginia. As designed, the building will face Emmet Street, with an amphitheater and a retention pond between the building façade and the street. The four-story, 61,000 square-foot facility will include four “adaptive classrooms” with technology to enhance the learning process, and faculty offices, as well as meeting and research areas that will support the School of Data Science.

The School of Data Science building is scheduled to be the first academic building constructed on the 14.5-acre Emmet-Ivy parcel, a central landscape corridor at the University of Virginia. As designed, the building will face Emmet Street, with an amphitheater and a retention pond between the building façade and the street. The four-story, 61,000 square-foot facility will include four “adaptive classrooms” with technology to enhance the learning process, and faculty offices, as well as meeting and research areas that will support the School of Data Science.

Data science is an interdisciplinary field that uses scientific methods, processes, algorithms and systems to extract knowledge and insights from data. The amount of data in the world is more than doubling every two years, and data scientists analyze and interpret data to help make informed decisions. Data science is at the intersection of computer science, statistics, mathematics, information science and specialized fields of knowledge or study, such as medicine, politics and music. Conducting data science transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries to discover new insights, often by combining disparate data sets that would not likely be brought together otherwise. The building, a collaboration between VMDO Architects and Hopkins Architects, encourages the connections and community-building natural to the burgeoning scientific field.

Data science is an interdisciplinary field that uses scientific methods, processes, algorithms and systems to extract knowledge and insights from data. The amount of data in the world is more than doubling every two years, and data scientists analyze and interpret data to help make informed decisions. Data science is at the intersection of computer science, statistics, mathematics, information science and specialized fields of knowledge or study, such as medicine, politics and music. Conducting data science transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries to discover new insights, often by combining disparate data sets that would not likely be brought together otherwise. The building, a collaboration between VMDO Architects and Hopkins Architects, encourages the connections and community-building natural to the burgeoning scientific field.

The revised plans call for a simpler building footprint than originally proposed, with a double-height interior space to host lectures and other events, as well as a glass façade. In keeping with the University’s 2030 sustainability goals, a green roof is planned for the fourth floor to mitigate the heat gain from a south-facing roof, and private offices will have windows that open to increase natural ventilation. The building will connect with Central Grounds structures in its materials and coloring, as well as in its views.

The revised plans call for a simpler building footprint than originally proposed, with a double-height interior space to host lectures and other events, as well as a glass façade. In keeping with the University’s 2030 sustainability goals, a green roof is planned for the fourth floor to mitigate the heat gain from a south-facing roof, and private offices will have windows that open to increase natural ventilation. The building will connect with Central Grounds structures in its materials and coloring, as well as in its views.

We hope the transparency and the activity of this hub and its prominent location will make this a beacon for the district.

– Alice Raucher, FAIA Architect for the University

Client: University of Virginia

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Discipline: Academic Program

Completion: 2023

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