In 2014 DMS provided the cost estimating for University of Virginia-Gilmer Hall in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The history

Built in the early 1960s, Gilmer Hall is part of the University of Virginia, and is three stories tall on the north elevation and five stories tall on the south elevation. 

Cast stone, stacked bond architectural CMU screen walls, and brick were used for cladding, however, numerous problematic conditions were identified including: loose and unstable portions of the large screen walls comprising the north and south elevations, distress and displacement in the exterior cast stone parapet and column covers, and corrosion and cracking in the existing concrete structural members. 

Additional areas of the façade were included in the project after unforeseen conditions were discovered as construction progressed.  A portion of the veneer on the south elevation had to be stabilized after it was discovered that the veneer ties and light gage framing had experienced complete section loss and the veneer was loose and had the potential to fall. 

The project

First phase of renovations was developed for exterior repairs to address numerous unsafe conditions. Further problematic conditions were identified in the building envelope, and the study was incorporated into the scope of work for the full renovation of the building. This building sits at 273,000 GSF and houses administrative offices, classrooms, dry and wet research labs, a library and auditorium.

The cost estimate included plans to re-modernize the buildings making them more energy efficient. Both buildings require infrastructure upgrades, space renewals, and meet the needs of STEM programs for both undergraduate and graduate programs.  Each building was estimated separately. 

Work also included demolition, new interior finishes, new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, and new site work hardscaping and landscaping. 

Construction Costs

Estimated construction cost: $132million