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Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is one of the fastest growing Universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia, developing a strategic plan for the future known as VCU's "Quest for Distinction." The 2013 master plan lays out over 3 billion dollars in new construction and renovations that would provide housing for an additional 1,300 students, increase parking for several thousand cars and build 3 million additional square feet of academic and research space.
Currently Under Construction
- General Academic building - a $44 million, 102,000-square-foot (9,500 m2) classroom building on Floyd Avenue across from the Student Commons that will house the School of Social Work and the Department of English
- VCU Health System Children's Hospital of Richmond Pavilion and parking deck - A 160 million dollar investement located on east Broad Street between City Hall and Sanger Hall. The new construction will consolidate all of the childrenʼs facilities in the future. The new pavilion, which is expected to be complete in the summer of 2015, will house 72 clinical exam rooms organized for efficient multidisciplinary care; a surgical area with two operating rooms and two endoscopy procedure rooms; areas for diagnostic cardiology, imaging, neurodiagnostic treatment, outpatient lab services and pulmonary function testing; and shell space for future growth. The facility will be designed to create a family-friendly experience and will include a parking deck with 600 dedicated new spaces.
- West Grace North Housing - The 33.7 million dollar residence hall will house 388 students and include a "living/learning" space for international education.
- New School of Medicine, Phase I - a 158.6 million dollar, 12 story medical building, encompassing 200,000 square feet (19,000 m2). The new VCU School of Medicine will replace the AD Williams Clinic
- Massey Cancer Center Vivarium - a new $12 million, 10,000-square-foot vivarium with a projected completion of September 2012.
- Pauley Heart Center renovation - a $5.4 million Sanger Hall seventh-floor renovation for the Pauley Heart Center, to be completed September 2012.
- Grace Street Development - Overall, an estimated $83 million will be spent on a six block stretch of Grace Street, building two new student housing buildings, a 7-story office and classroom tower, a neighboring 11-story apartment tower, and a retail computer store. 
According to the 6 year Capital Plan as of 2011
Monroe Park Campus
- Information Commons (Cabell Library Expansion and Renovation) - A 47.4 million dollar project consisting of an 82,000 square feet (7,600 m2) addition coupled with renovations of 80,000 square feet (7,400 m2). This is the first addition of library space since opening Cabell Library in 1970. The addition will provide group study rooms, on-line reference materials, audio-visual conferencing and distance learning facilities. This facility will be designed specifically to support and encourage student academic work and intellectual pursuit 24 hours a day.
- Life Sciences II - a 160,000-square-foot (15,000 m2) project that will have two pedestrian bridges connecting to the existing Trani Life Sciences Building and Temple Building. The building will be built at the current location of the Cary Street Tennis Courts
- Oliver Hall Renovation - The 32.1 million dollar renovation will include renovation of the classrooms, auditorium and teaching labs with state-of-the-art audio-visual technology and scientific equipment to compete in the current academic market.
- Raleigh Building Renovation - The 8.4 million dollar renovation will take place once the new General Academic Building is constructed and will primarily be used for faculty offices.
- MCV Campus Parking deck - This is a request for a 1,000 space parking deck. It will be located one block east of the current C lot which is being transferred C Lot to the City of Richmond.
- New School of Allied Health Professions - A 109,000-square-foot (10,100 m2) building that will consolidate the 11 Allied Health Professions programs into one facility. The 45.9 million dollar building will be located on Leigh Street where the low rise dormitories are currently located.
- West Hospital (School of Medicine) Phase I of III Renovations - This will be a 35 million dollar, Phase I renovation, and will include the exterior, and major mechanical, electrical, and plumbing of six floors.
Monroe Park Campus
- Founders Hall Renovation - A planned 9.8 million dollar renovation to Founders Hall
- Ginter House Renovation - A planned 10 million dollar renovation to the Ginter House.
- MCV Campus Research Laboratory I (Cancer Research) - a 125,000-square-foot (11,600 m2), 4-story with basement level, state-of-the science biomedical facility. It will include 4 floors of research laboratories and a basement level vivarium, constructed to connect below ground to a systems and campus infrastructure. This project is expected to be developed on the VirginiaTreatment Center for Children ( VTCC) site. The new facility will cost 109.3 million dollars.
Monroe Park Campus
- General Academic Building II - A 53 million dollar major classroom facility encompassing 102,000 square feet (9,500 m2)
- Broad/Harrison Site Development I - A 74.3 million dollar cooperative development of Grace Street as a mixed-use retail-oriented "College Street", serving the University and the community, creating effective "campus-like" connections through this area from Broad Street to the Academic Core, providing additional parking and accommodating the University's housing demand.
- Rhoads Hall Renovation - A series of multi-year renovations that will upgrade the 1960s-era, 17-story residence hall to a modern, suite style dorm building.
- Performing Arts Building Renovation - A planned 17 million dollar renovation to the performing arts building
- MCV Campus Research Laboratory II - a 125,000-square-foot (11,600 m2), 4-story with basement level, state-of-the science bio-medical research facility. It will include 4 floors of research laboratories and a basement level vivarium, constructed to connect below ground to a future companion research building to be located on the adjacent site. The new facility will cost 115.6 million dollars.
- School of Pharmacy Building - The new 65 million dollar building will be a modern replacement facility for the programs and activities of the School of Pharmacy on the University's MCV Campus.
- West Hospital (School of Medicine) Phase II of III Renovations - A planned 25 million dollar renovation involved in Phase II
Additional Future Plans
- The VCU Institute of Contemporary Art - a 20 million dollar art gallery that will be built on the southwest corner of Broad and Belvidere. The new location would establish the gallery as the western anchor for the First Fridays Art Walks. The gallery will be approximately 32,000-square-foot (3,000 m2) with a 210 seat auditorium for guest lectures and film screenings. The Institute of Contemporary Art, which is expected to be about 32,000 square feet (3,000 m2), will feature approximately 8,000 square feet (740 m2) of gallery space, an outdoor installation space, a 210-seat auditorium with tiered seating, classrooms, a gift shop, a café with a catering kitchen and an entry hall suitable for exhibitions, installations and social events. The VCU Institute of Contemporary Art is expected to open in the spring of 2014.
- School of Business expansion/Executive Conference Center - The current masterplan calls for the Executive Center to be built on the block East of the current Business building. The 130,000 square feet (12,000 m2) building is estimated to cost 65 million.
- School of Engineering Vivarium - The first expansion will be at the NW corner of Cary St and Belvidere St where the current engineering parking lot exists. The 92,000 square feet (8,500 m2) building is estimated to cost 62.6 million.
- School of Engineering expansion - The second phase will be at the NE corner of Cary St and Belvidere St, south of the current Engineering East Hall. The 94,000 square feet (8,700 m2) building is estimated to cost 47 million.
- School of Education building - planned to be built at the SW corner of Grace Street and Belvidere St. The 125,000 square feet (11,600 m2) building will cost an estimated 50 million.
- Franklin Street Gym Redevelopment - the gym will be converted to the new home of the College of Humanities and Sciences.
- Student Health, Counseling & Wellness Center - the student health services on the Monroe Park Campus will be moved to the location of the current Sarahas restaurant, just east of the West Grace Street South dorm.
- Student Commons Expansion - expansion south to the edge of Main Street is planned
- Main street parking garage expansion - planned expansion to the edge of the sidewalk will add an additional 280 parking spaces.
- Greek Row - a Greek row is being discussed due to the increasing Greek population
- Monroe Park - a complete renovation to the historical Monroe Park which will make it a focal point on the Monroe Park Campus
Future Dorm locations
Proposed Master Site Plan includes an additional 1300 beds that would put the total amount of dorms to 6, 947.
- Central Fidelity Bank - 250 students
- 500 N. Harrison - 400 students
- Marshall/Harrison (addition to Ackell) - 180 students
- Cary/Adams (near Brand Center) - 200 students
- Grace/Shafer High Rise - 650 students
- Grad/Professional at Cabaniss - 200 students - The Current Cabaniss for 1st year students would be turned into Grad housing and the current low rise on Cabaniss would be converted.
Future Athletic Facilities
The new Masterplan published in February 2013 calls for more than 70 million dollars to be invested in VCU Athletics infrastructure.
- VCU Basketball Practice Facility - The 14 million dollar practice facility will be located on the northwest side of the Siegel Center in the parking lot near the Bowe Street deck. It will house the Men's and Women's basketball teams. The building's size is estimated to be 57,000 square feet (5,300 m2).
- Tennis Center - the state-of-the-art, modern Tennis center will include 6 indoor courts, a spectator viewing space, and 12 outdoor courts. The 25,000 square feet (2,300 m2) building is estimated to cost 14 million dollars.
- All-sport Indoor Practice Facility - the state-of-the-art, modern field house will improve the University's indoor training facilities and support indoor track competitions and recreation. VCU Baseball, soccer, track, and field hockey would relocate their team rooms to the Field House. The 135,000 square feet (12,500 m2) building is estimated to cost 14 million.
- Siegel Center Upgrades - 30,000 square feet (2,800 m2) to be upgraded/renovated at a cost of 12 million dollars
- Baseball Locker Rooms/support - 10,000 square feet (930 m2) to be added to a future baseball park location
- Multi-purpose practice fields (two) - an estimated cost of 2 million
- Practice Soccer Field - an estimated cost of 1.5 million
- Field Hockey Field - an estimated cost of 1.5 million
- Baseball Infield Practice field - an estimated cost of 0.5 million dollars
Monroe Park Campus
- Cary Street Recreational Complex - a 126,000-square-foot (11,700 m2) renovation and expansion to the historic gym. The original building started its existence in the early 20th century as Richmond's Third Market. It later became the City Auditorium; the remains of the original painted name can still be seen on the building's sides. After a couple of decades of disrepair, VCU obtained the property and converted it into the Cary Street Gym in the 1980s. VCU Recreational Sports operated this facility as well as one in the Stuart C. Siegel Center, until 2007, when the Cary Street Gym was closed for renovation. The interior was gutted, re-roofed, and the exterior restored to reflect the building's historic design. A large addition was added on two sides of the historic building. The renovated building now contains an Aquatic Center with a leisure pool and activity pool, two floors of cardiovascular, strength and free weight equipment, 4 court hardwood gym, indoor turf Multi-Activity Center, 40-foot (12 m) climbing wall, exercise studios and locker facilities. The renovated building was awarded the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Gold certification.
- Snead Hall/ Engineering East Hall - part of the $228 million East Monroe park expansion and located on Belvedere and Main St, Snead Hall/Engineering East Hall is a 260,000 square feet (24,000 m2) facility which houses the School of Business and Phase II of the School of Engineering. The building opened January 14, 2008 and facilitates classes and offices since the Spring 2008 Semester and beyond. The building has its own dedicated parking (located on Jefferson St.), student commons, residence hall, café, and career center. Snead Hall (School of Business) encompasses 145,000 square feet (13,500 m2) of the building and the Engineering East Hall (School of Engineering) is an additional 115,000 square feet (10,700 m2) of the building.
- School of Engineering Addition - a 25,000-square-foot (2,300 m2) state-of-the-art collaborative research environment for a Health and Life Sciences Laboratory School
- VCU Brandcenter - renovation of the 22,000-square-foot (2,000 m2) Belting Building; new construction of the 8,000-square-foot (740 m2) Brandcenter
- Siegel Center Renovation - converted 16,000 square feet (1,500 m2) of space previously occupied by Recreational Sports
- Grace Street Parking - construction of two parking decks on West Grace Street just east of Belvidere Street. The five-level decks with a total of 750 parking spaces was completed in the summer of 2011 at a cost of $15 million.
- West Grace South Housing, Phase I - The new 459-bed residence hall and 218-space parking deck was built on the Grace Street property. The two projects, opened in fall 2012, cost $41 million
- Broad & Belvidere Dorm Expansion - The 70-bed addition to the university's 412-bed Broad and Belvidere Student Apartments opened in the fall of 2012.
- VCU Honors dorm renovation - The honors dorm was an old hospital and is now being renovated to meet the needs of a residential hall for students.
- RamBikes Stand - A $100,000 bike-maintenance and education building is being built at the corner of Grace and Belvidere street to repair and teach the nearly 14,000 student bikers on campus. The building will have an airing station, repair stations and covered bike racks.
- Massey Cancer Center - An 80,000-square-foot (7,400 m2) building with 72 research labs and a two-level, 109-car parking deck at $41.8 million
- Critical Care Hospital - Central Virginia's only level-one trauma center, the 15-story Critical Care Hospital specializes in intensive care
- Medical Sciences Building II - a 125,000 square feet (11,600 m2) research lab
- W. Baxter Perkinson, Jr Building - School of Dentistry. A 54,000 square feet (5,000 m2) addition to School of Dentistry on Leigh Street; housing research, clinic and teaching space
- New School of Nursing - an additional 70,000 square feet (6,500 m2) of research and training space to the VCU nursing program
- MCV Campus Recreation Center - a 31,000 square feet (2,900 m2) addition to the Recreation and Aquatic Center
- Larrick Student Center - renovated MCV campus dining court
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