Virginia Home for Boys and Girls embarks on $1M renovation

The Virginia Home for Boys and Girls will spend $1 million to renovate its dining hall and help modernize its building. (Courtesy VHBG)

A local nonprofit is about to give its 54-year-old dining hall a face-lift, which will modernize the building to facilitate current programming.

The Virginia Home for Boys and Girls’ dining hall was built during the Vietnam War, and the $1 million renovation project that kicks off this month is intended to be a substantial improvement to the 13,816-square-foot facility at 8716 W. Broad St. in Henrico.

“It’s been in continuous use since 1966 so it’s time for a renovation and time to evolve the use of the facility,” VHBG spokeswoman Joan Marable said in an email.

Though the renovation won’t change the building’s footprint, it will update the kitchen and carve out space for programming such as the John G. Wood School’s new culinary arts training program. The building has space for 85 people to eat at a time.

VHBG serves children in crisis with specialized education, therapy and transitional living services.

Other improvements to the dining hall include updates to the dining room, office and classroom space, and complete electrical and mechanical repairs.

Construction is expected to wrap up in October. The project will start as planned and won’t be disrupted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Marable said. Dallan Construction is the project contractor. 510 Architects did the design work. The renovation is financed by a capital campaign the nonprofit wrapped up in 2019.

Once the dining hall is renovated, the nonprofit expects to turn its eye next year toward roof replacement at its gym, which is also part of its multibuilding campus near Golds Gym Plaza.

The VHBG isn’t the only local nonprofit making moves despite the pandemic. Viridiant, which promotes environmentally friendly building techniques, announced the acquisition of Richmond Region Energy Alliance last month. And Salvation Army took another step toward its future move to the Northside with the $1.8 million purchase of a site for its new headquarters.

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