VCU Board of Visitors Approves VCU of the Future

The Virginia Commonwealth University Board of Visitors today approved a master site plan for the future that calls for new construction in alignment with its strategic plan that will over time help close the gap between VCU’s downtown campuses, improve way finding and pathways and result in added classroom and laboratory space.

Highlights of the plan include a comprehensive vision for the physical development of the university that supports the goals of Quest for Distinction; facilities to support the university’s projected increase in faculty and research activity; new meeting and gathering spaces that enhance the quality of experience for faculty, staff, students, patients and visitors; and continued enhancement of students’ on-campus experience that builds on our recent successes.

“This plan is the result of 18 months of study, planning and collaboration across the internal and external communities to ensure that the infrastructure is in place to support VCU’s place as one of America’s top public research universities,” said David W. Hanson, VCU senior vice president and chief operating officer.

More specifically, the Master Site Plan includes on the Monroe Park Campus new academic, research and support space; a redevelopment of the Franklin Street Gym as the new home for the College of Humanities and Sciences and of the Thalhimer Tennis Center to support academic and research programs; a new School of Education; an enhanced presence for the School of the Arts in the Broad Street Corridor; and redevelopment of the 500 Academic Centre block for mixed uses including academic space, housing and additional parking.

The plan for the VCU Medical Center includes identification of new academic and research program space on the existing campus and as much as 960,000 additional gross square feet with targeted acquisitions; and a new quadrangle and facilities at the northwest corner of the campus to facilitate integrated health sciences education, including new academic and research space.

VCU’s Athletics Department also will see a new basketball practice facility and other plans to improve the experience for student athletes as a premier Division I institution.

There is no timeline assigned to the plan and priorities will be determined by the board.