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The Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center & Smith Education Center

Charlottesville, Virginia
Ayers Saint Gross Architects + Planners

Completion Date: November 2008

Owner: The Thomas Jefferson Foundation

The Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center & Smith Education Center
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The Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center & Smith Education Center
The Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center & Smith Education Center
Photo courtesy Ayers Saint Gross Architects + Planners
(Top left to right): Robert Claiborne, Project Manager, Sandra Parsons Vicchio, Project Director; (middle left to right): AdamGross, Principal-in-Charge, Glenn Neighbors, Project Designer; (Bottom): ASG A&S Studio - team

Program: A 41,930-square-foot green visitor’s center for a World Heritage Site.

Design concept and solution: Ayers Saint Gross Architects + Planners were challenged with the task to comfortably accommodate 450,000 annual visitors on a site that houses the only home in the United States dedicated as a World Heritage Site: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. To embody Jefferson’s architectural principles without overwhelming his building, the architects worked to create a visitor’s center that rests lightly upon the topography. The addition includes classrooms, a theater, gallery exhibitions, a hands-on discovery room for families, a cafe, museum shop, and ticketing facility. Organized around a green-roof courtyard, the building has been awarded LEED Gold certification.

Gross square footage:
41,930 sq. ft.

Site size:
562,099 sq. ft.

Total construction cost:
$28 Million

Architect:
Ayers Saint Gross Architects + Planners
1040 Hull Street
Suite 100
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
T: 410.347.8500
F: 410.347.8519
www.asg-architects.com

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