STEM Building

VCU's new Science, Technology, Engineering and Technology (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 Franklin Street Gym, which is slated for demolition starting in Spring 2020. 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: Demolition and construction begins Spring 2020

Location: 805 W. Franklin Street

Estimated Cost: $124 million

Where it is on the Six-Year Capital Plan: First biennium (2020-2022)

Estimated Timeline: Demolition of the Franklin Street Gym, the site where the new STEM building will be built, begins Spring 2020. The building is estimated to be completed by winter 2022.

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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