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.

Monticello Visitor and Smith History Center, Charlottesville, Va.
Photo Courtesy of Dan Grogan

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.

Key Players

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.