VCU Health adds to suburban footprint

VCU Health signed a lease in the 135,000-square-foot Liberty Plaza II building at 10800 Nuckols Road. (J. Elias O'Neal)

VCU Health signed a lease in the 135,000-square-foot Liberty Plaza II building at 10800 Nuckols Road. (J. Elias O’Neal)

A healthcare nonprofit with ties to VCU is extending its downtown operations to Innsbrook.

Virginia Premier Health Plan Inc., a managed care insurance organization owned by VCU Health, is set to fill the 135,000-square-foot Liberty Plaza II building at 10800 Nuckols Road.

VCU spokeswoman Pamela Lepley confirmed the group has signed a lease with Lingerfelt CommonWealth Partners, which owns the building. She said part of Virginia Premier’s downtown operations will move to the building.

Virginia Premier employs hundreds of workers in offices at 600 W. Broad St., between VCU’s MCV and Monroe Park campuses. The nonprofit coordinates healthcare for low-income recipients.

Lepley said Virginia Premier would maintain its downtown presence. She did not specify which operations would move to Innsbrook and which would remain downtown.

Lepley said in an email statement the Innsbrook space also will be occupied by other VCU Health users. She said those plans are in the works.

“We are still working out the details,” Lepley said. “The university and health system have begun a long-range master planning initiative that includes the evaluation of all university and health system space and space needs.”

Liberty Plaza II was constructed in 2000 as a build-to-suit option for Capital One. The credit card giant later moved its Innsbrook operations to its West Creek complex in Goochland County.

The Innsbrook lease adds to VCU Health’s growing footprint in western Henrico County.

VCU Health’s Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Wellness Center opened last May at 11958 W. Broad St. in Short Pump. The health system purchased the 111,000-square-foot building and an adjacent lot for nearly $44 million.

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