The Student Health and Wellness Center, NW View: The building will facilitate multidisciplinary research and a broad integration of spaces and programs to promote daily wellness and healthy routines for students, including a teaching kitchen, meditation spaces, student activity lounges, connections to outdoor landscapes, as well as General Medicine, Counseling and Psychological Services, and other vital health services.

The Student Health and Wellness Center, designed by VMDO and Duda Paine Architects, showcases cutting-edge design around comprehensive and innovative student health services with an expanded emphasis on wellness and preventive healthcare as the signature of the new facility. The new 164,00 sf building will not only significantly increase Student Health’s capacity to address new and expanding needs, but it will also integrate student life and healthcare together by introducing students to critical aspects of social, physical, psychological, personal, and environmental wellness. The project brings together all the major campus health departments – General Medicine, Gynecology, Counseling & Psychological Services, Office of Health Promotion, and the Student Disability Access Center – as well as the Kinesiology Department and student wellness spaces.

The Student Health and Wellness Center, designed by VMDO and Duda Paine Architects, showcases cutting-edge design around comprehensive and innovative student health services with an expanded emphasis on wellness and preventive healthcare as the signature of the new facility. The new 164,00 sf building will not only significantly increase Student Health’s capacity to address new and expanding needs, but it will also integrate student life and healthcare together by introducing students to critical aspects of social, physical, psychological, personal, and environmental wellness. The project brings together all the major campus health departments – General Medicine, Gynecology, Counseling & Psychological Services, Office of Health Promotion, and the Student Disability Access Center – as well as the Kinesiology Department and student wellness spaces.

Student Health and Wellness Center, NW View: One of the key goals of the project is to improve the patient experience, especially around access, inclusivity, and navigation centered on new Green Streets concepts on Brandon Avenue.

One of the key goals of the project is to improve the patient experience, especially around access, inclusivity, and navigation. The entire building is organized around an open and light-filled entry and multi-story lobby, while generous windows invite daylight into all departments, improving orientation and wayfinding. On the ground floor, level with the exterior ground plane to optimize visibility and accessibility, the Office of Health Promotion presents the ‘first stop’ for students, while the Student Disability Access Center is convenient and central overlooking the south pond.

Many spaces on the ground level create opportunities for program synergies and community outreach. A pharmacy and retail space will bring an important amenity to this new residential and academic neighborhood. A teaching kitchen provides space for classes that will focus on healthy eating habits and nutrition. An Education/Multi-Purpose space adjacent to the main lobby supports functions such as yoga, special events, staff meetings, and wellness education. These spaces transcend clinical functions and facilitate interaction and the exploration of alternative methodologies in wellness education.

One of the key goals of the project is to improve the patient experience, especially around access, inclusivity, and navigation. The entire building is organized around an open and light-filled entry and multi-story lobby, while generous windows invite daylight into all departments, improving orientation and wayfinding. On the ground floor, level with the exterior ground plane to optimize visibility and accessibility, the Office of Health Promotion presents the ‘first stop’ for students, while the Student Disability Access Center is convenient and central overlooking the south pond.

Many spaces on the ground level create opportunities for program synergies and community outreach. A pharmacy and retail space will bring an important amenity to this new residential and academic neighborhood. A teaching kitchen provides space for classes that will focus on healthy eating habits and nutrition. An Education/Multi-Purpose space adjacent to the main lobby supports functions such as yoga, special events, staff meetings, and wellness education. These spaces transcend clinical functions and facilitate interaction and the exploration of alternative methodologies in wellness education.

Student Health and Wellness Center, SW View across the Green Street: The landscape design is led by Michael Vergason Landscape Architects.
Student Health and Wellness Center, SW View up Brandon Ave.
Student Health and Wellness Center, Lobby: The entire building is organized around an open and light-filled entry and multi-story lobby, while generous windows invite daylight into all departments, improving orientation and wayfinding.

UVA chose this site – part of the initial development of the Brandon Avenue Precinct Master Plan – to define a new campus destination for students and to help weave together Central Grounds and the Health System Campus. Collectively, the facility and its neighbors expand the functions of a traditional student health center by creating a space holistically focused on student well-being embedded within a residential and academic neighborhood. On course for completion in 2020, the center is being designed with a wide range of student voices and staff collaboration to support the project as a hub for the well-being of all UVA students.

UVA chose this site – part of the initial development of the Brandon Avenue Precinct Master Plan – to define a new campus destination for students and to help weave together Central Grounds and the Health System Campus. Collectively, the facility and its neighbors expand the functions of a traditional student health center by creating a space holistically focused on student well-being embedded within a residential and academic neighborhood. On course for completion in 2020, the center is being designed with a wide range of student voices and staff collaboration to support the project as a hub for the well-being of all UVA students.

Brandon Avenue Corridor and Context Map for the Student Health and Wellness Center at UVA.

“We are not just a sick-model center; we are also looking at, ‘What can we do for those students who are well?’”

– Dr. Chris Holstege Executive Director of Student Health at UVA

Client: University of Virginia

Location: Charlottesville, VA

Discipline: Student Health Services

Completion: 2020

Size: 164,000 SF