Public Viewing of the EcoMOD3 Design Project on Dec. 8

December 06, 2006

The only available public parking nearby is in the Emmet Street the parking garage.

WHAT:    ecoMOD3 public viewing
WHEN:    Friday, Dec. 8, 9 to 11 a.m.
WHERE:  Naugahyde Lounge, Campbell Hall, U.Va. School of Architecture

ecoMOD is a design / build / evaluate project in the School of Architecture, working in partnership with the School of Engineering and Applied Science

client / lead partner:  Piedmont Housing Alliance

Dec. 6, 2006 -- The ecoMOD project at the University of Virginia is holding a one-day public viewing of the ecoMOD3 prototypical house design -- the SEAM house it -- on 4th Street, SW in the Fifeville neighborhood of Charlottesville. This third home in the ecoMOD project involves an historic preservation of a pre-Civil War home, with a contemporary, modular addition to it. The transformation of the existing house over the last 150 years tells the story of affordable housing for African-Americans in the Fifeville neighborhood. The ecoMOD3 team is working to document and preserve that history, as well as attach a highly energy efficient modular addition to it.

The exhibit will include many of the drawings and models created by the ecoMOD3 architecture / engineering / landscape architecture / historic preservation / planning team this semester. Forty-eight graduate and undergraduate students are involved this semester -- and many of them will be available to explain and discuss the design.

The ecoMOD3 team is addressing three major themes: housing appropriate for an expanding aging population that wants to ‘age in place;’ a highly flexible modular house addition system for affordable housing with rigorous standards for ecological sustainability; and the historic preservation of an 1850s to 1860s house which may have served as slaves’ quarters, or have been built by a freed slave. The design explores the concept of the ‘seam’ between new and old, the connection between older and younger generations within a household, the ‘stitch’ that connects modules together and the link between inside and outside.

The ecoMOD project is forging partnerships with the Medical Automated Research Center, the Jefferson Area Board for Aging, the GreenBlue non-profit institute and Piedmont Preservation for this project.  

Light refreshments will be provided.

Parking in the area of Campbell Hall is currently limited, due to construction on three sides of the building.  Everyone is encouraged to park in the public parking garage on Emmet Street near the UVA Bookstore, and take the 10 minute walk up to Campbell Hall. 

Those in need of special assistance, please contact ecoMOD project director John Quale at or (434) 924-6450. He will provide directions for handicapped access to the first floor of Campbell Hall.