VCU opens Cary & Belvidere Residential College
Monday, Aug. 18, 2008
Cary and Belvidere Residential College
- The $43.7 million residential college is the final building
in Phase I of the Monroe Park Campus Addition
- The 408-bed facility is located at the intersection of Cary
and Belvidere streets
- The housing component includes apartment style, two-bedroom
and four-bedroom units for students, and three, two-bedroom faculty
- The ground floor of the building provides commercial space
that houses a Chili's restaurant, Starbucks coffee store and a
- Each unit includes a full kitchen and washer and dryer
- Housing for sophomores, upperclassmen and graduate students
- Each room equipped with cable access and high-speed Internet
- Floors are equipped with communal study areas
- Central security desk, staffed 24 hours a day, and reception
area on first floor
- Design is consistent with architectural guidelines created
for the Monroe Park Campus Addition
- Adjacent parking deck, a $17.3 million project completed earlier
in the year, provides parking for students in the residential
- Parking deck has direct ramp onto Interstate 95
- Architect for residential college is Hanburry Evans Architencts,
Norfolk, Va.; architect for parking deck, Baskervill and Sons,
VCU continues to expand its
student housing offerings this fall with the opening of the Cary &
Belvidere Residential College, a 408-bedroom dormitory that will also feature a
restaurant, a coffee store and a convenience market.
Cary & Belvidere opened its doors on Aug. 16 to the first wave of
students residing in the facility. Sophomores, upperclassmen and graduate
students are eligible to live in the apartment-style, two- and four-bedroom units.
In addition, three apartments are reserved for faculty members. Residents sign
12-month leases for a room, and VCU officials expect many students will choose
to live multiple years in the dorm.
Retailers located on the
ground floor at the new facility will include Chili's restaurant, Starbucks
coffee store and Cary Street Market and Deli, a convenience grocery market with
prepared foods. Starbucks will open on Aug. 21, Cary Street Market and Deli
will open Sept. 2 and Chili's will open Sept. 17. Chili's and Starbucks will
offer outdoor and indoor seating. The retailers are expected to draw customers
from both dormitory residents and the VCU and Richmond communities.
The residential college also
features a large inner courtyard with space for recreation, a number of study
rooms and office space that can be converted into classrooms in the future.
Cary & Belvidere, which cost $43.7 million, represents the completion
of Phase I of the Monroe Park Campus Addition – the largest construction
project in VCU's history. Other projects in the campus addition include the
construction of a 240,000 square-foot complex that houses Snead Hall, home of
the VCU School of Business, and East Hall, an expansion of the VCU School of
Engineering; the construction of a new home for the VCU Brandcenter and the 689-space
deck. Those facilities all were opened in January.
Construction is not yet
scheduled for Phase II of the Monroe Park Campus Addition, which will include a
second residential college and an executive conference center.
Approximately 4,850 students have been
assigned to student housing for the 2008-09 academic year. Student housing
capacity will reach 4,986 by mid-September, and students are expected to fill
each opening. As an illustration of the growth in on-campus housing at VCU,
2,672 positions were available for students during the 1999-2000 academic year.