The last of the larger buildings yet to be renovated on a J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College campus is about to get its turn at a makeover.
Work is about to start on a two-year project to renovate the interior of Georgiadis Hall on the college’s Parham Road campus in Henrico County.
The $13 million project will begin mid-summer and be completed in three phases over 24 months. An exterior renovation was done in 2006.
“Georgiadis is really the only large building on any of our campuses that has not been thoroughly renovated since it was constructed, at least on the inside,” JSRCC spokesman Joe Schilling said. “So that’s been our main focus.”
Designed by Moseley Architects, the renovations will be done within the existing framework of the two-story 60,000-square-foot building, said Todd Donaldson, executive vice president of Hourigan Construction, which is managing the project.
Five science labs will be added, and the project will open up the building’s hallways and common areas. Plans call for a large skylight in the center of the building that Donaldson said would add light to an atrium-style stairwell.
The building will also include a new bookstore and gymnasium, as well as finishes that are aimed at modernizing the 1980s-era structure.
“It’s just reached its useful life,” Donaldson said. “They’re doing a complete renovation, including all the mechanical and electrical systems, to bring it up to modern standards.”
Donaldson said the project, funded primarily by the Virginia Community College System, will also upgrade the building’s lighting and install a new mechanical HVAC system.
Work will be done in phases, with classrooms and offices rotated out in sections to Brookside Hall, a 24,000-square-foot building at 1701 E. Parham Road, adjacent to campus.
The college has signed a five-year lease for that building, which has served as administrative offices in the past. It also worked with the building’s landlord, B&T Rentals, on a $1.4 million renovation to make it ADA-compliant.
JSRCC is also wrapping up a renovation of its six-story Downtown Campus building at 700 E. Jackson St. That $14 million project was similar to what’s planned for Georgiadis, adding science classrooms and opening up common areas to make the building more welcoming for students and visitors, Schilling said.
“The main focus is we’re adding five new science labs, which is a big deal to help support our STEM-H enrollment,” Schilling said of the Georgiadis project.
STEM-H refers to programs focused on science, technology, engineering, math and health.
In addition to the Parham Road and downtown campuses, JSRCC also operates a campus in Goochland County. The three campuses serve residents in Richmond and in Henrico, Hanover, Goochland, Powhatan and Louisa counties.
This is the first project Hourigan has done for JSRCC and its second for the Virginia Community College System. The construction firm has built several college and university projects, including a new welcome center for the University of Richmond that is currently underway.