Monday, Jan. 30, 2006
MONROE PARK CAMPUS
PROJECT: Brandt Hall
OPENED: Fall 2005
CONSTRUCTION BY: W.M. Jordan Co.
LOCATION: 710 W. Franklin St.
at the corner of Laurel and W.
Franklin streets and the site of the former Rhoads Hall West Wing
BUILDING FEATURES AND SERVICES: VCU's Brandt Hall is a
17-story high-rise residence hall with 640 new beds for freshmen and sophomores
in suite-style configurations. The $28 million project features rooms designed
to accommodate double occupancy that include furniture, a sink and mirror in
the bedroom space as well as a shared connecting bathroom to another room. The
suites are arranged so that four or eight students can share a common living
The main entrance to Brandt Hall opens to the new community
of Rhoads East and Rhoads West. A central service desk and mailroom serves both
towers. The first floor of Brandt Hall also has a computer lab, multipurpose
activity space and laundry room with a connected study and TV lounge.
PROJECT COST: $28 million
PROJECT: Critical Care
PROJECTED OPENING: Fall 2008
CONSTRUCTION BY: W.M. Jordan Co.
ARCHITECTURE BY: HKS Inc.
LOCATION: 1213 E. Clay St.
at the site of the abandoned Central Power Plant on 13th
Street, behind Main
BUILDING FEATURES AND SERVICES: The state-of-the-art 367,792
square foot facility will have 15 levels that house 232 adult patient beds,
increasing the VCU Medical
Center's ratio of private to
semi-private beds from 37 percent to 70 percent.
The Critical Care
Hospital will feature new operating
rooms, expanded emergency care, conference space, access to visitor parking and
improved patient rooms. The patient rooms have an average of 250 square feet
including a comfortable sitting area for the patient's family.
The facility expands the VCU
capacity with new intensive care units for surgical trauma, neonatal, cardiac,
neuroscience, medical respiratory and burn center patients.
PROJECT COST: $179.3 million
PROJECT: VCU School
of Nursing Education
PROJECTED OPENING: Spring 2007
CONSTRUCTION BY: Kjellstrom & Lee Construction
ARCHITECTURE BY: Richter Cornbrooks Gribble Inc.
LOCATION: VCU Medical
Center, at Leigh and 11th streets,
adjacent to VCU's N Parking Deck.
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE BY: Higgins & Gerstenmaier
INTERIOR DESIGN BY: KSA Interiors
BUILDING FEATURES AND SERVICES: The new, 70,000 square-foot,
four-story building will be a state-of-the-science nursing, teaching and
research facility that replaces the current building on Broad Street that was
built as a dormitory in 1928. The new nursing education building will allow for
greater enrollment and a resulting increase in the number of new bachelor's
degree-prepared nurses and the number of graduate nurses preparing to become
The building will include research space, a clinical
learning center with human patient simulators, a community outreach nursing
center, large classrooms and faculty offices. Students in the 150-seat
auditorium will be able to observe others working on human patient simulators
and use hand-held devices to give feedback.
The VCU School of Nursing is a comprehensive nursing school
recently ranked 25th in the United States
in National Institutes of health-funded research. U.S. News & World Report
lists the School among America's
best graduate schools.
PROJECT COST: $17 million
PROJECT: VCU Massey
— "Building for the Cure"
PROJECTED OPENING: Spring/Summer 2005
CONSTRUCTION BY: Skanska Inc.
ARCHITECTURE BY: Shepley, Bullfinch, Richardson
LOCATION: 301 College St.,
located at the site of the former Randolph-Minor Annex.
BUILDING FEATURES AND SERVICES: The new, state-of-the-art
60,000 square foot addition for research will nearly double the size of the
existing VCU Massey
which was completed in 1981. The addition also will allow the cancer center to
expand the type of research it conducts as well as attract and retain top
The VCU Massey
is one of only two National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers in
Virginia and only one of 61 in the United States.
The construction of the $28.5 million facility is one of more than 120 projects
at public college and university campuses across the state to be funded by the
General Obligation Bond for Higher Education approved by voters this in
November 2002. VCU received $10.1 million from the bond bill for the
construction of the addition that will include laboratories for cancer
research, offices for staff and a healing garden for cancer center patients and
staff. The remainder of the project's funding is from private donations,
federal grants and other sources.
PROJECT COST: $28.5 million