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VCU plans new med school building

Al Harris December 14, 2009 4

medbuildingVirginia Commonwealth University is getting a new medical school building.

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners designed the building. The firm is known for several projects, including the East Wing of the National Gallery, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Louvre Pyramid. Philadelphia-based Ballinger also served as architect.

Seventy million dollars of the budget is provided by state funds. The rest consists of university and private funds.

The 200,000-square-foot building will stand 12 stories tall.

Construction is expected to last from fall of 2010 to spring of 2013. Demolition of the A.D. Williams Building is slated for early spring 2010.

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  1. Stephen Weisensale, AIA December 15, 2009 at 11:20 am - Reply

    Once again, VCU proclaims loudly and clearly that local architecture firms are not good enough to work on its stellar campus. Thank you VCU, for sending our jobs and tax money to distant states. Oh well, at least they didn’t go offshore.

  2. Steve Brown December 15, 2009 at 11:56 am - Reply

    Stephen, I guess this is what happens when you hire someone from outside the state to run the school. But most of leaders are from outside the state:

    Bill Bowling – West VA
    Bob McDonnell -, Philadelphia
    Tim Kaine – Kansas City
    Mark Warner – Indiana and Connecticut
    Michael Rao – Florida
    Eugene Trani – Brooklyn NY

  3. Bryan December 15, 2009 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    Additinnally, VCU is continuing their tradition of demolishing historic structures when abundant vacant land is available in the vicinity. The proposed building is handsome, but the A.D. Williams Clinic is an Art Deco gem of a building, almost a version in miniature of the West Hospital (which will also fall if VCU continues on its current path). The Nurse’s School building is gone, and now the Clinic is next. Its appears that VCU favors historic preservation only when its convenient.

  4. Chris Miller January 4, 2010 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    I wonder if the rendering work was outsourced to China also?

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