Charlottesville, VA

University of Virginia, University Hospital


The original University Hospital building was constructed on the University of Virgina (UVA) campus in the 1980s and been modified and expanded several times since then. Hospital personnel observed ongoing wintertime condensation on the interior surfaces of the building’s windows and exterior walls, water leakage through the exterior walls, and discoloration and peeling paint on the metal panel cladding. UVA was considering an exterior renovation and asked SGH to investigate the enclosure’s condition to help them plan for the project.

Highlights of our investigation include:

  • Surveying the condition of the existing windows and exterior walls, clad with brick on the two lower levels and metal panels on the upper six levels
  • Conducting field testing, including measuring the differential environmental conditions across spaces, and air and water leakage testing
  • Performing thermal and hygrothemal analyses of the existing windows and wall assemblies to understand the potential for condensation
  • Evaluating the existing structural steel backup wall to assess its ability to support the proposed recladding work
  • Identifying short-term repairs to address leakage and offering a range of remedial options to consider for the larger renovation project
  • Developing concept repair details and corresponding cost estimates

Project Summary



Completion Date
Repair & Rehabilitation
Building Enclosures | Applied Science & Research
Education | Health Care & Life Sciences
University of Virginia
Specialized Capabilities
Building Science | Condition Assessments | Environmental Simulations

Key team members

Philip Frederick
Philip Frederick
Associate Principal
Thomas Chmill
Thomas Chmill
Consulting Engineer