Responsibilities and Organization

Roles and Responsibilities

The Design Review Board oversees design implementation in conformance with the goals and objectives of the Master Plan. The DRB reviews all construction, exterior renovation and landscaping projects for conformance with the College's architectural guidelines. The DRB may recommend design elements for architects to consider as projects move through the design phases. Specifically, the DRB will make recommendations at three states: Site Selection, Schematics and Preliminary Design.


The Design Review Board is advisory to the President of the College who remains subject to the oversight of the Board of Visitors (BOV).


Board Membership shall include: *

Chair, BOV Building and Grounds Committee
One Member of the Buildings and Grounds Committee
Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration
Associate Vice President for Facilities Management (President's Designee)
Executive Director of the Historic Campus
Chair of the Landscape, Energy and Environment Committee
Colonial Williamsburg Architectural Historian
University Architect from selected university on a rotating basis
* The Board may call upon experts as needed.
Options for Operating Policies and Procedures

I. Structure

Eight Members
Chair – Chair of Buildings and Grounds
Vice Chair – Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration

II. Meetings

Quorum: Five members one of whom is either Chair or Vice Chair. Members may be present by phone
Record: Minutes will be kept by staff.
Votes: Simple majority of those present
Meet as required

III. Scope of Action

A. Location

Changes to exterior of any College facility

B. Project Size
Major and minor changes to facades of buildings

IV. Staffing

Senior Planner, Office of Administration
Director of Facilities Planning, Design and Construction

V. Submissions

    Standard architectural presentations would include at a minimum:

•  Building footprint
•  Elevations for all four sides
•  Demonstration of compliance of the order and elements of the building with guidelines

    Standard site selection presentations would include at a minimum:

•  Topographical map of sites considered with footprints imposed
•  Selection criteria
•  Advantages and disadvantages of each site