College of Health Professions

Virginia Commonwealth University • Richmond, Virginia

An eight-story, 154,000-square-foot academic building for allied health studies

The new VCU College of Health Professions building has united all of the top-ranked program’s schools along with the Virginia Center on Aging in one location. The academic units, previously scattered among several buildings on two campuses, are now able to collaborate in a premier setting that allows for interdisciplinary research and scholarship, integrated healthcare studies and hands-on training, and program growth. The $87.3 million, LEED® Silver facility features classrooms, laboratories, offices, simulation and diagnostic technology suites, an auditorium, and informal student gathering spaces.

The diverse academic programs, which include Gerontology, Health Administration, Physical Therapy, and Radiation Sciences, share teaching amenities and technologies, such as synchronous distance-learning classrooms, simulation suites, and observation areas. Therapy departments share a state-of-the-art Smart Home Apartment.

Simulated hospital environments include operating rooms, acute care patient rooms, recovery rooms, and a range of imaging spaces including a high-tech virtual linear accelerator. Simulation suites for Nurse Anesthesia and allied health disciplines are provided, as well as a double-height biomechanics research lab and several maker labs.

Sustainable MEP solutions include:

  • Heating and cooling provided by a combination of VAV supply air and perimeter finned tube radiation
  • Custom-designed, roof-mounted AHUs
  • Laboratory exhaust air discharged vertically via high-plume dilution fans
  • Two water-cooled centrifugal chillers to deliver chilled water
  • An exterior pad-mounted transformer with one 3000A, 480Y/277V switchboard for electrical service
  • Stair pressurization fans for use during a fire event, with a smoke purge fan for smoke removal
  • Dedicated panelboards for large laboratories and clusters of small laboratories
  • One 300kW diesel engine generator set at grade
  • Energy-efficient LED sources for all lighting fixtures
  • Extensive metering to provide feedback for efficient equipment use

Architect

EYP

Client History

2019: College of Health Professions; EYP
2018: Study to Evaluate the Future Use of West Hospital; Quinn Evans

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  • Because of the efforts of this dedicated, talented and highly skilled design team, we were able to advance the university’s top priority project for funding by the Virginia legislature on time.

    Mary Patton Cox, FAIA, FAUA, LEED AP
    VCU University Architect
  • This collaborative, state-of-the-art space will unite the College of Health Professions’ skilled faculty, staff and students under one roof for the first time in its 50-year history.

    Michael Rao, Ph.D.
    President of VCU and VCU Health System
  • When these students graduate and start working in hospitals and other healthcare settings, they will be prepared for working with other occupations.

    Cecil B. Drain
    Dean, VCU College of Health Professions
  • Because of the efforts of this dedicated, talented and highly skilled design team, we were able to advance the university’s top priority project for funding by the Virginia legislature on time.

    Mary Patton Cox, FAIA, FAUA, LEED AP
    VCU University Architect
  • This collaborative, state-of-the-art space will unite the College of Health Professions’ skilled faculty, staff and students under one roof for the first time in its 50-year history.

    Michael Rao, Ph.D.
    President of VCU and VCU Health System
  • When these students graduate and start working in hospitals and other healthcare settings, they will be prepared for working with other occupations.

    Cecil B. Drain
    Dean, VCU College of Health Professions