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.

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Here, the dome of the Rotunda is on the left. The iconic building’s symmetry is particularly striking from above.
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 is quiet, for now. UVA head football coach Bronco Mendenhall and Co. are hoping it will once again be filled with cheers next fall.
Near the stadium, several buildings that are part of UVA’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences are seen from above.
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.
McIntire Amphitheatre provides a nice focal point in this shot, with Bryan and Minor Halls behind it.
The McCormick Road Residence Area is also quiet, though students later emerged to enjoy the snow.
This shot shows the School of Law from above, in the North Grounds area of the University.
Here, construction on Alderman Library is seen from above, with the demolition process temporarily stilled.
Neighboring the School of Law is the Darden School of Business, home to UVA’s MBA program and several executive education programs.
Thanks to the hard work of UVA’s dedicated Facilities Management crews, sidewalks around Grounds were already cleared Friday morning.