UVA Research Park
The University of Virginia Research Park is a 562-acre, three-million-square-foot, fully masterplanned, mixed-use development zoned for office, light industry, hotel/conference center, laboratory/medical/pharmaceutical, and retail/support commercial uses. In designing the Park, the Foundation developed plans for a people-oriented corporate village to meet the needs of today’s and tomorrowís businesses in a setting of unmatched natural beauty. The Park represents an evolution in development planning, uniting the harmony and community of Jefferson’s Academical Village with a fully functioning office and research environment.
Unlike many research parks that lack a sense of place, the University of Virginia Research Park will feature a traditional village center, featuring a plaza, boulevards, cafes, green spaces, hotel, conference facilities, and amenities for all of the Park’s users to enjoy. Yet, the research park also is a technologically advanced interactive community where businesses, researchers, faculty, families, and members of the community can come together to work and socialize.
The developed areas include architectural qualities and details reminiscent of Jefferson’s own designs. Flexible, yet elegantly defined design guidelines will help to assure the fulfillment of this forward-looking vision.The nationally acclaimed land-planning firm of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company and the Charlottesville firm of Mitchell/Matthews Architects teamed to gather the best ideas from developments throughout the country and then have applied them to this project. While three million square feet have been allotted for development, at least 200 of the 562 acres will remain pristine and undeveloped, thus retaining a pleasing and refreshing rural environment.
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