Jefferson Scholars Foundation Headquarters

Charlottesville, VA

Jefferson Scholars Foundation Headquarters

Scope of Services
Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Fire Protection (MEP/FP) Engineering
LEED Energy Modeling
LEED Fundamental Commissioning (Cx)

The Jefferson Scholars Foundation Headquarters provides the Jefferson Fellows community a space to study, teach, and conduct research. The facility is made up of four connected structures: Foundation offices, event space, conference rooms/offices, and the Jan and Rick Kellogg Reading Room.

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2RW performed a variety services for this project including:

  • MEP design in which 2RW evaluated the high-performance alternate/renewable energy systems and incorporated energy-efficient systems and strategies such as natural ventilation, daylighting, passive solar thermal mass, thermal displacement ventilation, and radiant floors.
  • LEED energy modeling to provide early design input on cost-effective, energy-efficient design options such as building orientation, envelope construction, and daylighting techniques. Final annual energy consumption modeling for baseline and final HVAC systems verified compliance with state energy codes and determined energy use savings and life cycle payback in relation to conventional systems.
  • LEED Fundamental commissioning where 2RW served as commissioning authority (CxA) to optimize the building envelope and shading strategy performance. 2RW’s role included:
    • Developing a commissioning plan that detailed the Cx process and the equipment verification and testing procedures.
    • Reviewing the Cx process with the construction team and providing documentation for verification of system installation and operation. 2RW also directed and witnessed equipment testing, including running each system through its designed sequence of operations.
    • Configuring trend logs through the building automation system which allowed the CxA to identify deficiencies with equipment operation over time. 2RW worked closely with the controls contractor to resolve system deficiencies and deliver a fully functioning system.

The facility is predicted to utilize 45% less energy than a comparable code-compliant building.

Scope of Services
Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Fire Protection (MEP/FP) Engineering
LEED Energy Modeling
LEED Fundamental Commissioning (Cx)

OWNER: Jefferson Scholars Foundation

TIMEFRAME: 2009 – 2010

SIZE: 27,479 SF

COST: $14.6 million

  • High-Efficiency Ground Source Heat Pump System
  • Radiant/Absorptive Concrete Floor Slabs
  • Passive Valance Terminal Units
  • Dedicated Outside Air Systems
  • Point-of-Use Water Heating
  • Waterless and Low-Consumption Plumbing Fixtures
  • Daylight Harvesting Controls for Interior Lighting


2011 – Merit Award, Facility Design, AIA CAE
2010 – Award for Excellence in Architecture, AIA Virginia
2010 – Honor Award, AIA Central Virginia