A Place for Integrated Learning

Humanities and Science Building

Humanities and Science Building

Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia

VCU’s new Humanities and Science Building provides a unified site for the convergence of the many disciplines within the College of Humanities and Sciences. Designed as a collaboration between Quinn Evans and Ballinger, the building delivers innovative learning spaces, sustainability features, and a contemporary yet contextual aesthetic within the University’s Monroe Campus and surrounding historic neighborhood.

The 169,000-sf facility includes 34 teaching labs, a Math Exchange and Science Learning Center, computer labs, a plant growing room, wet/dry labs, and flexible, team-based classrooms. An anchor for the College and home to the School of Kinesiology, the building will host over 10,000 students and 70 courses per semester.

A Place for Integrated Learning
As we educate the next generation of scientists and leaders, VCU’s new STEM building will encourage students to collaborate across disciplines and facilitate discovery—which is what the world needs. We are modeling a truly public research university in the 21st century.

An Interdisciplinary Hub

The building provides resources for students in anthropology, biology, chemistry, forensic science, kinesiology and health sciences, mathematics and applied mathematics, physics, and psychology.

Transparency Fosters Collaboration

Transparent features of the building’s interior create a dynamic open environment for collaboration, fostering team-based learning, a spirit of scientific curiosity, and connections between departments and disciplines.

Form + Context

The building’s form, materials and massing complement the historic Franklin Street context and mediate the scale between the larger and smaller structures on the street.

From Office Hours to Student Hours

The Science Hub provides a dedicated space for the College’s “student hours,” a student-centered reimagining of traditional office hours where professors make themselves available in a shared space. Learn more about the program.

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