VCU facility gets its own Renaissance

Students posted sticky notes on the glass walls of the da Vinci Center at Tuesday's opening celebration. Photos by Michael Thompson.

Students posted sticky notes on the glass walls of the da Vinci Center at Tuesday’s opening celebration. Photos by Michael Thompson.

VCU celebrated the start of a new era for its Renaissance-inspired students on Tuesday.

The VCU da Vinci Center – an interdisciplinary program that focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation – opened its new building at 807 S. Cathedral Place. The 3,500-square-foot building has long been owned by VCU and was previously home to the undergraduate admission’s printing office.

The space has two design studios, offices and conference rooms. The building will be used as a meeting room for da Vinci Center students.

Kenneth Kahn

Kenneth Kahn

“By having a space like this it creates an opportunity to create a hub on VCU’s campus,” said Kenneth Kahn, the da Vinci Center director. “It’s not a classroom; it’s really a meeting space.”

Kahn said it cost VCU about $400,000 to renovate the property. LRG Contracting handled the work, and the space was designed by BCWH. Construction started last fall with demolition and was completed in August.

The da Vinci Center launched in 2007 and has long been housed at VCU’s business school at 301 W. Main St. Around 100 undergraduate and 26 graduate students are enrolled in the program.

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