The $43 million Thomas Jefferson Foundation Monticello Visitor and Smith History Center is part of a larger project that adds visitor and education outreach services on the campus of Thomas Jefferson’s historic home.
The LEED gold-certified center’s sustainable elements include a geothermal heating and cooling system; two green roofs; the extensive use of locally sourced, sustainably produced building materials; energy-efficient elements such as double glazed-windows and louvered blinds; advanced storm-water removal; water conservation measures; enhanced waste-water treatment; and recycling protocols.
Owner: Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Charlottesville, Va.
Construction manager: Barton Malow, Charlottesville
Architect: Ayers Saint Gross, Baltimore
Structural engineer: CVM Engineers, Silver Spring, Md.
MEP engineer: Mueller Associates, Baltimore
Landscape architect: Michael Vergason Landscape Architects, Alexandria, Va.
Electrical contractor: Design Electric, Charlottesville
Mechanical contractor: Sullivan Mechanical Contractors Inc., Shenandoah, Va.
Green roof contractor: Compass Contracting Inc., Richmond
The waterline system, which passed directly over a slave burial ground dating back to the 1800s, presented a major challenge. To install the line, the team had to shore up space and prevent potential cave-in of the ground.