Facade of the STEM Building

STEM Building

VCU's new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Building, which houses lab, classroom and office space for the College of Humanities and Sciences, is located at the site of the former Franklin Street Gym. The building expands existing lab space, facilitates innovative and flexible teaching methods, provides students with instructional and study spaces, and frees up space in other College of Humanities and Sciences buildings to better serve students and faculty.

It includes 34 teaching labs; the Math Exchange, an innovative facility for math instruction; a Science Learning Center; two large-capacity classrooms; computer labs; and large- and small-capacity flexible classrooms. It features instructional wet and dry labs and classrooms for teaching chemistry, biology, physics, math, psychology and kinesiology.

View the animated virtual tour of the building here. Read more about the completed facility here.

Project Status: Completed April 2023

Location: 817 W. Franklin Street

Estimated Cost: $124.5 million

Where it is on the Six-Year Capital Plan: This project was listed in the 2018-2024 Six-Year Capital Plan (2018-2020 biennium)

Estimated Timeline: The building is estimated to open in late spring 2023

Funding Source: State-funded. The Commonwealth of Virginia approved funding for this building in May 2019.

Primary Consultants: Hourigan (Construction Manager), Ballinger (Architect), Quinn Evans (Architect)

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