Charlottesville, VA

St. Thomas Aquinas Priory

Scope of Services
Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) Engineering
 

In 2007, the Dominican Order was approaching its 50th anniversary serving Charlottesville and the University of Virginia. At that time, the Dominican Province of St. Joseph launched a campaign to build a priory to support the mission of the Saint Thomas Aquinas University Parish. The new priory, which was completed in 2013, serves as a residence for up to 12 Dominican friars. The priory design was modeled on the Medieval monasteries of Western Europe, adapted to the 21st century.

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Services

2RW provided design for the MEP systems for this two-story building. A closed-loop geothermal system provides heating and cooling for the facility which includes living, dining, and recreation areas; lecture and study space; a chapel; and a large interior garden for quiet contemplation. The facility design also includes a columbarium (crypt) in the basement which required special humidity controls.

Scope of Services
Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) Engineering
 

OWNER: Dominican Province of St. Joseph

TIMEFRAME: 2010 – 2013

SIZE: 15,193 SF

COST: $3.6 million


Highlights

Project was under budget by $250,000.