Massie Road Central Plant
University of Virginia
A Hidden Gem
UVa’s Massie Road Plant, located behind John Paul Jones Arena, will serve the heating and cooling needs for much of the projected build-out of the athletic precinct and North Grounds.
This machine-in-the-garden is conceived as a simple container, with mechanical openings piercing the container as needed. A playfully detailed mechanical screen wraps the upper portion of the “container” concealing nearly all of the various intakes and exhaust. An artful logic establishes the pattern of slats in the louvered mechanical screen, sometimes concealing and sometimes revealing the nature of the surface behind the screen.
Architect of Record VMDO Architects | Steve Davis, Lead Designer
Completed June 2006.
Energy Use: Not available
Awards and Recognition
Merit Award for Excellence, Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects