Windows Provide Winning Performance for University of Virginia's
John Paul Jones Arena
Wausau Window and Wall Systems and East Coast Glass Systems Inc.
of Richmond, Va., have supplied the 24,000-square-foot, exterior
glass curtainwall for the University of Virginia's (UVa )new, state-of-the-art
The long-awaited, 365,916-square-foot building nearly doubles the
size of the existing University Hall basketball arena. The new facility
is expected to host more than 500,000 fans at as many as 95 events
Since breaking ground in May 2003, the university has relied on
a total of 33 construction companies - an average of 240 workers
on-site per day to complete the project on time.
The public is invited to preview the $129.8 million John Paul Jones
Arena on July 22.
According to a Wausau press release, the transparency of the curtainwall
helps connect campus and community, while exemplifying the university's
historic architectural character in scale, material and style. The
architectural firm of Ellerbe Becket of Kansas City, Mo., designed
the new sports complex together with VMDO Architects of Charlottesville,
Va., and general contractor Barton Malow.
Made possible by a $35 million donation from philanthropist Paul
Tudor Jones II who named the new facility for his father, the John
Paul Jones Arena replaces the outdated, small, 8,392-seat University
Hall, built in 1965. Constructed across the street from the existing
facility, the new, 16,000-seat arena is the largest in the Commonwealth
of Virginia and the fourth largest in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The most notable feature is its main entrance façade, consisting
of 26 white, pre-cast, concrete columns, comparable in shape and
proportion to the existing Carl Smith Center, located across campus.
Wausau engineered and fabricated the glass wall and entry behind
these pillars and for the arena's other elevations. It provided
East Coast Glass with 16,179-square-feet of its 8750 Series four-sided,
structurally glazed system plus 8,439-square-feet of captured and
vertically butt-glazed curtainwall and 22 project-out 3250Z Series
zero sightline windows. All of the window and curtainwall systems
use Viracon glass and are finished by Linetec in a durable, clear
With some curtainwall sections rising 30-feet-tall, East Coast Glass'
field crew added steel wind bracing to ensure structural integrity
for these exposed, large-span sections. The glazing contractor also
provided much of the arena's interior needs including doors, handrails,
storefront, smoke baffles, column covers, and the glass and metal
surrounding the project's signature "bowl" design.
This distinguishing bowl shape lets spectators view the entire interior
from three main seating levels and 20 luxury suites. The arena also
offers two indoor practice courts, weight and training rooms, lounge,
expanded locker rooms and coaches' offices, and 1,300 on-site parking
spaces. An entry road connecting to Route 250/29 allows for easier
access to the arena.
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