Charlottesville, VA

UVA Bond House Upper Class Student Housing

Scope of Services
Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Fire Protection (MEP/FP) Engineering

This new six-floor, 313-bed residence hall was built to accommodate UVA’s growing student population and provide additional off-grounds student housing options. The facility’s four-bedroom apartments feature shared living spaces and full kitchens and the building has two levels of underground parking.

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2RW provided sustainable mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection (MEP/FP) engineering and construction administration services for this project. Strategies utilized to attain the project’s energy efficiency goals include:

  • Incorporation of PHIUS+ Passive House Building Standard strategies including high-efficiency MEP/FP systems, increased insulation, and energy recovery
  • Operable windows and dimmable energy-efficient lighting
  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures

This building, which is targeting LEED Gold, is expected to meet the following projections:

  • 40% lower water usage as compared to similar buildings
  • An energy use index (EUI) of 42 kBTU/sf (36 for the residential component and 6 for the garage) which is a 37% improvement over the ASHRAE standard
Scope of Services
Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Fire Protection (MEP/FP) Engineering

OWNER: University of Virginia

TIMEFRAME: 2017 – 2019

SIZE: 220,000 SF

COST: $46 million


During the construction document stage, 12 inches was removed from the space between each floor, limiting the space available for MEP/FP systems. 2RW redesigned the MEP/FP systems mid-project to fit the new space with without affecting the fast-tracked schedule.

Pending LEED Gold