Photos: The Snow-Covered Grounds, Seen From Above

February 12, 2021 By Caroline Newman, Caroline Newman,

On Friday, the University of Virginia community once again woke up to a soft blanket of snow, as Charlottesville got several inches of powdery precipitation overnight.

Camera – and drone – in hand, University photographer Sanjay Suchak made his way to Grounds to take it all in. The shots that he captured show a bird’s-eye view of wintry scenes around UVA, from the Rotunda to Scott Stadium, and from first-year dormitories to the Darden School of Business.

Take a look:

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Arial View of the top of the Rotunda covered in snow
Here, the dome of the Rotunda is on the left. The iconic building’s symmetry is particularly striking from above.
Arial View of UVA dorms
This shot shows several first-year dormitories near Observatory Hill. Students returned earlier this month for the first day of classes on Feb. 1.
Scott Stadium covered in Snow
Scott Stadium is quiet, for now. UVA head football coach Bronco Mendenhall and Co. are hoping it will once again be filled with cheers next fall.

Rotunda Logo with the Text UVA
Arial view of snow covered UVA
Near the stadium, several buildings that are part of UVA’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences are seen from above.
Arial view of snow covered grounds
The University Cemetery seen from above. In the bottom left is a burial site where, in 2012, archeologists discovered unmarked grave shafts likely containing the remains of enslaved and possibly some emancipated African Americans. UVA’s Commission on Slavery and the University held a memorial ceremony at the site after its discovery.
Arial View of Grounds covered in snow
McIntire Amphitheatre provides a nice focal point in this shot, with Bryan and Minor Halls behind it.
Arial view of UVA buildings in the snow
The McCormick Road Residence Area is also quiet, though students later emerged to enjoy the snow.
Arial view of snowing covering a building on Grounds
This shot shows the School of Law from above, in the North Grounds area of the University.
Arial View of a snow covered Alderman construction zone
Here, construction on Alderman Library is seen from above, with the demolition process temporarily stilled.
Arial View of UVA buildings covered in snow
Neighboring the School of Law is the Darden School of Business, home to UVA’s MBA program and several executive education programs.
Arial view of the Rotunda in the snow
Thanks to the hard work of UVA’s dedicated Facilities Management crews, sidewalks around Grounds were already cleared Friday morning.