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The new building is LEED
Silver Certified and offers
exceptional interdisciplinary
research and scholarship
experiences while
significantly improving efforts
to attract and recruit the
best and brightest students
and faculty. It is designed
to be a visible reflection
of the college's and VCU's
commitment to preparing
students to be the very best
in their chosen fields.
The tone of the new
building is to feel like a
campus with modern and
inviting spaces designed to
connect faculty, staff and
students. The 160-seat, glassfront auditorium is available
to all departments in the
college, and classrooms
are furnished to maximize
flexibility and accommodate
various teaching styles and
methods, including twoway synchronous video
conferencing for distance
learning.
The design process for
the new $60 million VCU
School of Health Professions
began in August of 2015 and
construction was completed
by March of 2019. Design
was completed by EYP
Architecture and Engineering,
Washington, DC. Architectural
woodwork for the project was
fabricated by Stephenson
Millwork, an AWI firm located
in Wilson, North Carolina.

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The new VCU College of
Health Professions building
sits at the intersection
of the school's long,
storied history as one of
America's earliest medical
schools and its trailblazing
collaborative pedagogical
model, notes Brent Castro
of EYP Architecture and
Engineering. "We designed
the facility with the intention
of unifying the college's 11
disparate disciplines into
one space. The site for this
new integrative academic
program is located only a few
blocks away from the Virginia
State Capitol and Richmond's
downtown district on VCU's
leafy and historic Medical
Campus. Both the College of
Health Professions and EYP
knew it would be important
to celebrate the university's
past and its future through
the new building's design."
Customized woodwork,
including a Walnut fin feature
wall and Walnut veneer
and upholstered benches,
is utilized extensively
throughout as a unifying and
collaborative architectural
element in keeping with
the university's mission
and values. Walnut, with its
timeless, dark, and warm
finish was chosen as the
material of choice, reports
Castro. "The wood is endemic
to Virginia and offered an
exciting contrast to the white
speckled terrazzo flooring."

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