University of Virginia School of Law, Karsch Student Services Center

Charlottesville, Virginia

  • FIRM

    Train Architects


    University of Virginia School of Law

  • AREA

    40,000 sq.ft.





Design team
Train Architects: M. Kirk Train, FAIA (Design Architect); Thomas R. Keogh, Jr. (Managing Architect); William H. Adams, AIA (Project Architect); Nolen Frisa Consulting Engineers (Structural); OLDS Engineers (MEP); Wooley Engineering (Civil); Michael Vergason (Landscape Architect); DMS (Estimating)

The purpose of the project was to develop a focused student services area within the School of Law.
Train Architects proposed introducing a “pavilion” into Purcell Garden. This simplifies the building circulation as it relates to the overall Law School front entry. The pavilion is the entry point to four basic Student Services: admissions, financial aid, career services - public, and career services - judicial. Relocating the circulation also enables each service area to be developed as a suite with its own front door.
The pavilion was developed as a two-story space relating directly to the garden to accommodate multiple functions and activities. The roof was developed into a roof terrace for the Law Foundation; it supports its lounge by providing additional exterior gathering space.
The design stresses the pavilion concept (blue stone paving inside and out, an articulated glass wall to read as separate from the extant walls) and reinforces the pavilion as part of the overall school circulation (ceiling panels and lighting).