Carefully selected for both visual appeal and durability, new finishes and lighting lend the interiors an attractive environment tailored to a more sophisticated taste.

When first year students moved into Gooch Hall in the fall of 2016, they did so amid wishful comments from their upper division peers. “I wish I could move back in to the building,” said Second Year student McKenzie Cromer. Students’ enthusiasm is rooted in the building’s new modern bathrooms, simulated wood floors, and the open and more spacious feel of the bedrooms.

Phase I of VMDO’s multi-phase transformation of Gooch-Dillard residence hall, the opening of 46 units in Gooch Hall, represented the beginning of a new era in the 1980s building complex. Tasked with replacing interior finishes and providing new M/E/P/FP work, VMDO created a new residential experience in the nine-building complex. By combining singles to create new double rooms, the buildings offer more ample living space suitable for first year students. Each suite is now composed of 3 double-occupancy bedrooms, a living area, and shared bathroom. Carefully selected for both visual appeal and durability, new finishes and lighting lend the interiors an attractive environment tailored to a more sophisticated taste. A new ventilation system was installed to maintain the indoor air quality of the buildings, providing fresh air and controlling humidity levels.

The final phase of renovations opened in fall of 2017 and included 56 reconfigured units in Dillard, as well as updated lounges, dedicated study spaces, and new landscape design that provides improved accessibility, outdoor gathering areas, and increased visibility and safety. A significant landscape package was added as the project neared completion due to significant cost saving during Phase II of the project. With a prominent location at a gateway to the University, the renovated Gooch-Dillard Hall sets a renewed first impression of student living at the University of Virginia.

When first year students moved into Gooch Hall in the fall of 2016, they did so amid wishful comments from their upper division peers. “I wish I could move back in to the building,” said Second Year student McKenzie Cromer. Students’ enthusiasm is rooted in the building’s new modern bathrooms, simulated wood floors, and the open and more spacious feel of the bedrooms.

Phase I of VMDO’s multi-phase transformation of Gooch-Dillard residence hall, the opening of 46 units in Gooch Hall, represented the beginning of a new era in the 1980s building complex. Tasked with replacing interior finishes and providing new M/E/P/FP work, VMDO created a new residential experience in the nine-building complex. By combining singles to create new double rooms, the buildings offer more ample living space suitable for first year students. Each suite is now composed of 3 double-occupancy bedrooms, a living area, and shared bathroom. Carefully selected for both visual appeal and durability, new finishes and lighting lend the interiors an attractive environment tailored to a more sophisticated taste. A new ventilation system was installed to maintain the indoor air quality of the buildings, providing fresh air and controlling humidity levels.

The final phase of renovations opened in fall of 2017 and included 56 reconfigured units in Dillard, as well as updated lounges, dedicated study spaces, and new landscape design that provides improved accessibility, outdoor gathering areas, and increased visibility and safety. A significant landscape package was added as the project neared completion due to significant cost saving during Phase II of the project. With a prominent location at a gateway to the University, the renovated Gooch-Dillard Hall sets a renewed first impression of student living at the University of Virginia.

Carefully selected for both visual appeal and durability, new finishes and lighting lend the interiors an attractive environment tailored to a more sophisticated taste.
Carefully selected for both visual appeal and durability, new finishes and lighting lend the interiors an attractive environment tailored to a more sophisticated taste.
With a prominent location at a gateway to the University, the renovated Gooch-Dillard Hall sets a renewed first impression of student living at the University of Virginia.
Carefully selected for both visual appeal and durability, new finishes and lighting lend the interiors an attractive environment tailored to a more sophisticated taste.
Carefully selected for both visual appeal and durability, new finishes and lighting lend the interiors an attractive environment tailored to a more sophisticated taste.
With a prominent location at a gateway to the University, the renovated Gooch-Dillard Hall sets a renewed first impression of student living at the University of Virginia.

Client: University of Virginia

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Discipline: Residence Life

Completion: 2017

Size: 142,500 SF