VCU's new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Building, which will house lab, classroom and office space for the College of Humanities and Sciences, will be built at the site of the former Franklin Street Gym. The building will expand existing lab space, facilitate innovative and flexible teaching methods, provide students with instructional and study spaces, and free up space in other College of Humanities and Sciences buildings to better serve students and faculty.
It will include 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 will feature instructional wet and dry labs and classrooms for teaching chemistry, biology, physics, math, psychology and kinesiology.
Project Status: The Franklin Street Gym has been demolished and construction of the building in underway.
Location: 805 W. Franklin Street
Estimated Cost: $124 million
Where it is on the Six-Year Capital Plan: First biennium (2020-2022)
Estimated Timeline: The building is estimated to open in 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)
News Coverage: VCU News, "VCU's new STEM building is beginning to take shape"
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