UVA breaks ground on new hotel and conference center

The University of Virginia (UVA) and its partners have broken ground on a new 223,000-sq.-ft. hotel and conference center in Charlottesville, which is targeted for a spring 2025 debut. The hospitality center, whose official name will be revealed at a future date, will be managed by Pyramid Global Hospitality.

Those present at the October groundbreaking celebration included Jim Ryan, president, UVA; Jennifer “J.J.” Wagner Davis, EVP/COO, UVA; Tim Rose, CEO, UVA Foundation; Colette Sheehy, SVP, operations and state government relations, UVA; Stephen Brockman, partner, Deborah Berke Partners; and David Keith, CEO, Hanbury Architects, which is leading architecture and design for the property; and from Pyramid Global Hospitality, Ellen Sinclair, SVP, and Hal Powell, VP, sales & marketing.

“We are pleased to partner with the university to bring Charlottesville and the academic community an incredible new gathering point along the Emmet-Ivy corridor,” said Sinclair. “The intentional, sustainable design of this new hotel and conference space will be excellent, no doubt advancing the university’s mission to be great and good in all they do. Pyramid Global Hospitality will bring the same dedication to excellence to the guest experience come 2025.”

Ryan added, “This will be a crossroads for the university—and the university’s front door. The hotel and conference center will play an important role as a place where people can gather and stay—prospective students and their parents; data scientists; faculty from the law school can meet there with members of the medical school faculty. This will be a bridge that makes the community stronger, bringing worlds together in ways that are predictable and unpredictable.”