Exterior aerial view of UVA

UVA McIntire Expansion Project

UVA McIntire Expansion Project | Charlottesville, VA

DPR’s work at the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce includes the preservation and renovation of an approximately 22,000-sq.-ft., four-story wing of 1917 Cobb Hall as well as a new five-story, 74,200-sq.-ft. free-standing facility, Shumway Hall, that marries traditional and contemporary architecture. The UVA McIntire Expansion project, designed by RAMSA and Glavé & Holmes Architecture, is scheduled to be completed in April 2025 and will include flex classrooms, innovation labs, and a student success center to encourage cross-disciplinary intersections and collaborations across Grounds.


Utilizing Technology

In the Field

Following the interior deconstruction of the historic Cobb Hall, DPR’s Field Technology Group completed laser scanning of the structure. DPR’s Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) team coordinated with the design team to capture discrepancies between the existing conditions and the design documents.

“The DPR team is working hard to resolve the challenges that come with working in Cobb Hall, which was built in 1917, through model coordination, strategic logistics planning, and open communication and collaboration with trade partners, the design team, and the University,” said Joanna Colon, UVA Alumna and DPR’s senior project engineer.

Captured laser scan mesh data and overlaid it onto the 3D model
DPR’s Field Technology Group captured laser scan mesh data and overlaid it onto the 3D model to identify discrepancies between the existing conditions and design documents, allowing for potential issues to be resolved prior to rough-in of Cobb Hall.


The historic renovation of Cobb Hall is underway, providing students with new classrooms, a full production studio and double height solarium offering highly innovative spaces. Simultaneously, underground utilities and the tunnel are being installed, while site work is underway for the new Shumway Hall.

Site tours to view the demolition of an existing structure and the historic preservation efforts followed a ceremony that featured remarks for university leaders to commemorate the groundbreaking of the expansion project.

Exterior in construction view.
Due to the logistically challenging nature of the site and the importance of student and faculty safety, DPR is taking great care to coordinate material deliveries, student/university services access to adjacent buildings, and extensive utility rerouting with university shutdowns. Photo: Sara Nicholas
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