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Arts and Innovation Academic Building

A place where the arts and other disciplines intersect to imagine and solve the world’s toughest problems.

Whether amoung disciplines, with partners in the community or across the globe, collaboration is the driving force of next-generation teaching, learning and discovery at VCU. Positioned on the southeast corner of Broad and Belvidere streets, across from the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU and steps away from Fortune 500 companies and local startups, a new Arts and Innovation Building will provide a launch pad for critical digital and creative economy initiatives both on campus and in the city.

The new building will optimize VCU’s arts innovation programs by bringing them together under one roof. The new Arts and Innovation Building will feature flexible classroom spaces, interdisciplinary performance venues and makerspaces for rapidly growing partnerships across arts, business, humanities and sciences, medicine and engineering. Here our students will learn to harness and prepare for a world of new and emerging industries. 

Project status: Schematic design phase

Location: The southeast corner of Broad and Belvidere streets, across from the ICA at VCU 

Where it is on the Six-Year Capital Plan: First biennium (2022-2024)

Estimated timeline: Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in September 2023.

Estimated cost: Currently estimated at $181 million

Funding source: VCU requested funding from the Commonwealth of Virginia

Primary Consultants: William Rawn Associates (architect), Glavé & Holmes Architecture (consulting architect), Hourigan (construction manager) 

It is important to note that undertaking a pre-planning study does not guarantee that a particular project will come to fruition. Issues such as funding availability or a shift in priorities can delay or even cancel a project from becoming a reality. 

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