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Lark on Main

162-Unit, 342-Bed Student Housing Community with Retail and Underground Garage

Lark on Main is a 162-unit student housing community located on West Main Street near the University of Virginia's campus and Charlottesville's Downtown Mall. The six-story mixed-use community includes 342 beds in studio, two-, three-, and four-bedroom configurations above 7,100 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Offering an amenity-rich lifestyle for residents, Lark on Main includes a fitness room, study lounge, club room, yoga studio, terrace-level swimming pool, and an underground garage for residential and commercial parking.

Architect: Erdy McHenry Architecture

our process
Worked closely with the Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review to meet historical aesthetic guidelines.

Introduced a steel retaining wall to mitigate the site’s steep grade, create seating, and form an open pass-through that reduced commute time.

Mitigated challenges − including a tight site, city delays, and one of the region’s harshest winters − with a segmented schedule that allowed a third of the building to begin interior finishes as the exterior was completed.

Completed the project in just 15 months, in time for the 2016 school year.
2017 Aurora Award

2017 Aurora Award

Best Multifamily Housing Community
2017 Gold Nugget Award

2017 Gold Nugget Award

Best Campus Housing Faculty or Student Residential/Institutional Use