University of Virginia breaks ground on new hotel and conference center

Work has begun on a new hotel and conference center at the University of Virginia.
Work has begun on a new hotel and conference center at the University of Virginia.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia  – The University of Virginia (UVA) and its partners have broken ground on a new 223,000-square-foot hotel and conference center in Charlottesville, which is targeting a spring 2025 debut.

The hospitality center, whose official name will be revealed at a future date, will be managed by Pyramid Global Hospitality.

Come spring 2025, the new 223,000-square-foot hotel and conference center will anchor UVA’s emerging and strategically important Emmet-Ivy corridor. It aims to be a destination property and convening space for guests and visitors to the university, its local community, faculty, staff, students, and conference attendees. The site will provide multiple spaces for hospitality, business, and academic conferences, and includes plans for a university welcome area.

Guests will find 214 guestrooms and suites, a full-service restaurant with indoor and outdoor terrace dining, a rooftop café with distant panoramic views, and a convenient grab-and-go eatery.  There will be 25,000 square feet of technologically advanced meeting and event space, including a 10,000-square-foot ballroom, which will be the largest in Charlottesville. The meeting and event venue will be certified by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and will conform to the university’s 2030 sustainability goals

At a recent groundbreaking event, Pyramid Global Hospitality senior vice president Ellen Sinclair remarked, “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. 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.”

UVA’s president Jim 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, and 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 and brings worlds together in ways that are predictable and unpredictable.”

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