College of Engineering

Engineering Research Building

Front view of the Engineering Research Building [View Image]

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The College of Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University officially opened its Engineering Research Building (ERB) Feb. 3, 2021, marking a major milestone in the college’s growth in research and workforce development programs. The four-story, 133,000-square-foot facility significantly expands the college’s laboratory capacity for advanced research. It also supports economic development initiatives and hands-on engineering education. Read more about the ERB >>

ERB Features

  • Interdisciplinary research laboratories
  • Experiential learning facilities
  • Meeting and gathering spaces
  • Informal meeting and study areas
  • Career Services center
  • Wired outdoor work and gathering spaces
  • Ram Bytes café

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Grand Opening Ceremony

Building Timelapse

Topping off Ceremony

Innovation Maker Facility & Innovation Courtyard

Innovation Makerspace in the ERB [View Image]
ERB Courtyard [View Image]

Terrace Conference Room & Multipurpose Room

ERB Conference Room [View Image]
ERB Multipurpose Room [View Image]

More ERB Features

ERB Career Services [View Image]
ERB Study Space [View Image]
ERB Ram Bytes and Innovation Hub [View Image]

Design and Architectural Firms


Baskervill is a multi-disciplinary design firm offering creative architectural, interior design and mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering solutions to a diverse client base that includes higher education institutions, workplaces, hotels and resorts, healthcare facilities and community organizations. Founded in Richmond in 1897, Baskervill is one of the nation’s oldest continually operating architectural firms with an expanding global footprint.

Goody Clancy

Goody Clancy is an education design firm. Based in Boston, its architects, preservationists, and planners program and design new construction, renovation and planning projects on campuses across the country. Goody Clancy is committed to environmental and social sustainability and is a signatory to the AIA 2030 Commitment and its goal of carbon-neutral buildings by the year 2030.

Smith + McClane

Smith + McClane Architects, a Richmond-based firm, provides architectural design and master planning services to a variety of residential, commercial and institutional clients. The firm partners with clients in a creative, inclusive manner to develop enduring designs. Its buildings for public and private colleges and universities are designed to be contextually sensitive, with a strong sense of place.

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Richmond, Virginia 23284-3068
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