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Vcu Scup Draft

  1. 1. Excellence in Planning for an Established Campus Category: VCU 2020: 2004 Master Site Plan ProjeCt name: InstItutIon: Virginia Commonwealth University CIty: Richmond state: Virginia Country: USA tyPe of InstItutIon: Research University year founded: 1968 CamPus PoPulatIon (students, faculty, staff): 49,404 (year): 2004 master Plan ComPletIon date (for a district plan): N/A study area sIze
  2. 2. 1 Problem and sCoPe of ProjeCt Virginia Commonwealth University desired a campus master plan that would capture three outcomes: enhance the student experience, provide infrastructure for a significant national research institution, and balance the needs of two campuses. The plan was driven by enroll- ment stresses—in recent years, VCU’s Monroe Park and MCV campuses absorbed approxi- mately one-third of the growth of Virginia’s college-age population—and phenomenal growth in research funding. The University’s location in the heart of downtown Richmond, Va., exacerbates these pressures. Its campuses are tightly constrained on two footprints, including one that is bounded by five historic districts. Because there is virtually no land on which expand, development is focused on infill and targeted acquisition in “areas of future consideration.” VCU engaged the community to enhance opportunities for all citizens, being sensitive to overlaying campus planning with urban planning. Monroe Park CaMPus IllUstRAtIVe PlAN VCU Buildings Virginia Biotechnology Research Park Buildings VCU Buildings: New Construction Virginia Biotechnology Research Park Buildings: New Construction Non VCU Buildings Area of Future Consideration
  3. 3. Enrollment pressures were a master plan driver. VCU absorbed approxi- mately one-third of the growth of Virginia’s college-age population. MCV CaMPus IllUstRAtIVe PlAN A new School of Nursing rises against the Richmond, Va., skyline. VCU is VCU Buildings Virginia Biotechnology Research Park Buildings tightly constrained on two footprints, including one that is bounded by VCU Buildings: New Construction Virginia Biotechnology Research Park Buildings: New Construction five historic districts. Non VCU Buildings Area of Future Consideration
  4. 4. 2 Integrated PlannIng ProCesses With President Eugene Trani’s arrival in 1990, Virginia Commonwealth University experienced an era of emphasis on campus planning. Dr. Trani also reached out to partner in Richmond’s revital- ization. (VCU is the Richmond metropolitan area’s largest employer, one of the largest holders of downtown real estate, and contributes significantly to economic development.) VCU embraced its urban environment and challenges in a 1996 plan to transform VCU and Virginia’s capitol city. VCU 2020 builds on the ‘96 plan to organize and further develop the school’s physical environment to help it mature as an institution, support enrollment growth, contribute to its reputation as a national research institution, and its role as leading “citi- zen.” VCU 2020 adopted themes to evaluate issues systemically, thus supporting its Strategic Vision. These included the impact of growth on : 1) student enrollment; 2) student profile; 3) on-cam- pus housing; 4) funded research; and the study of 5) academic spaces on the health sciences campus; VCU evaluated planning issues systemically and sought involvement of neighborhood organizations, particularly with regards to historic districts. 6) coordination of major initiatives; 7) “collegiate community” – student engagement; 8) Monroe Park as a center of activity; 9) strategic growth issues. Themes were coordinated with the Health System Strategic and Master Plan, Richmond’s master plan, and the Virginia BioTechnology Research Park Master Plan.
  5. 5. 3 ImPlementatIon LE IG H ST RE ET As a public institution, VCU has sought CA TH ER creative solutions to access debt issued IN ES TR EE T CL AY STR by the Commonwealth of Virginia, solicit EE T ET RE ST DY AR private funds, maximize public/private MB T LO EE TR MA KS RS HA OC LL NC ST RE partnerships, and utilize enrollment growth HA ET income to implement projects worth $800 W. B T RO 1 EE AD E TR NU ST KS RE E AV ET OC ND NC million. This strategy allowed development LA HA RY W. ET of signature programs, innovative housing G RA RE CE ST ST N RE ISO ET RR T EE HA TR solutions, and enhancement of the campus ES ER ID W. LV FR BE AN KL IN edge through facilities that attract the public ST T RE EE ET TR RS E 10 AF SH 2 and business community. 11 8 6 ET PAR RE 4 K ST AVE N 7 EL UE 9 GROVE AVENUE UR LA T 5 EE 12 TR ES PIN 14 3 13 FLOYD AVENUE T EE TR YS EET NR HE STR MORRIS STREET ET ICK RE ST NSW 15 OE VCU NR BRU MO W. MAIN STREET CHERRY STREET BELVIDERE STREET LINDEN STREET 16 20 19 21 W. CARY STREET 17 22 23 18 18 24 25 Monroe Park CaMPus IMPleMeNtAted PROjeCts ANd INItIAtIVes N MONROE CAMPUS IMPLEMENTED PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES 14. JAMES BRANCH CABELL LIBRARY RENOVATION 1. AREA OF FUTURE CONSIDERATION 1 Area Of Future 9 Hibbs Building Renovation 17 Recreation sports swimming Pool VCU Implemented Projects and FACILITY InitiativesSCHOOL OF BUSINESS CLASSROOM RENOVATION Consideration 15. 2. ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 16. OLIVER HALL RENOVATION 3. AREA OF FUTURE CONSIDERATION VCU IMPLEMENTED PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES 17. RECREATION SPORTS SWIMMING POOL 4. BIO MEDICAL ENGINEERING - SCHOOL OF MEDICINE 2 10 scott 18 Recreation sports Outdoor Facilities Administrative Information technology Facility BUILDINGS AND FUTUREHouse Renovation 18. RECREATION SPORTS OUTDOOR FACILITIES 5. RHOADES HALL RENOVATION - STUDENT HOUSING VCU OWNED/OCCUPIED 19. BIO CHIP FACILITY VCU Owned/Occupied Buildings and Future 6. FRANKLIN TERRACE - SCHOOL OF THE ARTS PROPOSED STRUCTURES PER MASTERPLAN 20. SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING ADDITION PHASE 2 7. SCHAFER COURT PLAYHOUSE RENOVATION 3 11 Pollack Building Renovation 19 Bio Chip Facility Area Of Future Consideration 21. NEW SCHOOL OF BUSINESS 8. GINTER HOUSE RENOVATION Proposed structures per Masterplan 22. SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING / SCHOOL OF BUSINESS FUTURE EXPANSION 9. HIBBS BUILDING RENOVATION 23. STUDENT HOUSING, 400 BEDS 10. SCOTT HOUSE RENOVATION 4 12 Music Center Renovation 20 school Of engineering Addition Phase 2 Bio Medical engineering - school Of Medicine 24. ANDERSON GALLERY RELOCATION 11. POLLACK BUILDING RENOVATION 25. BELTING BUILDING RENOVATION 12. MUSIC CENTER RENOVATION 13. GENERAL CLASSROOMS / FACULTY OFFICES 5 13 General Classrooms / Faculty Offices 21 New school Of Business Rhoades Hall Renovation - student Housing 6 14 james Branch Cabell library Renovation 22 school Of engineering / school Of Business Future expansion Franklin terrace - school Of the Arts 7 15 school Of Business Classroom Renovation 23 student Housing, 400 Beds schafer Court Playhouse Renovation 8 16 Oliver Hall Renovation 24 Anderson Gallery Relocation Ginter House Renovation 25 Belting Building Renovation
  6. 6. monroe Park ImPlementatIon An example is transformation of an under- developed 10.6-acre tract of land into a thriving campus community on the Monroe Park Campus. This created an opportunity to capitalize on programmatic and physical synergies between the Schools of Engineering and Business, supported by quality campus housing, which reinforces academic endeavors. Public debt was utilized for instructional and infrastructure development, private and corporate donations for public venues and enhanced material quality; and fee revenues to support housing, food service and parking debt. A 10.6-acre expansion (above) into an under-developed area of the city created an opportunity to capitalize on synergies between the Schools of Engineering and Business in this new building (below).
  7. 7. mCV CamPus ImPlementatIon On the MCV Campus, VCU capitalized on Virginia’s priorities to implement projects. For IVE DR L HIL VY example, Virginia’s need for more physicians NA JA CK SO N ST RE ET ET RE underlies access to $70 million in public debt ST H 7T 1 ET for construction of a new School of Medicine, RE ST H 8T now in planning. This signature facility and 2 TU will be built on the site of a WPA-era clinic, RP IN ST RE ET requiring close coordination with civic and LE IG H preservation interests. ST RE ET ET RE 3 CL ST AY H S 9T TR EE T DUVA ET L ST RE ST REET 4 TH 10 ET MA RE RS ST HA TH LL 5 ST 11 RE ET ET RE ST TH 6 12 8 7 9 10 11 12 BR OA D 13 14 ST RE ET VCU Implemented Projects and Initiatives 15 ET RE ST GE LE L CO VCU Owned/Occupied 16 Buildings and Future Proposed 17 structures per Masterplan Virginia Biotechnology Research Park Buildings MCV CaMPus IMPleMeNtAted PROjeCts ANd INItIAtIVes N MCV CAMPUS IMPLEMENTED PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES 10 New Vcuhs Bed tower Complete 1 New 8th street Parking deck Complete 1. NEW 8TH STREET PARKING DECK COMPLETE 11 land Acquisition Complete 2 New Residential life Commons Under Construction 2. NEW RESIDENTIAL LIFE COMMONS UNDER CONSTRUCTION 3. NEW SCHOOL OF NURSING COMPLETE VCU IMPLEMENTED PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES 4. SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY ADDITION UNDER CONSTRUCTION 12 sanger Hall Research Renovation BUILDINGS AND FUTURE Construction Under 3 New school Of Nursing Complete 5. WOODS/LYONS RENOVATION COMPLETE 6. MCGUIRE HALL RENOVATION COMPLETE VCU OWNED/OCCUPIED 7. RICHMOND ACADEMY OF MEDICINE ACQUISITION COMPLETE 13 Hunton Hall Renovation STRUCTURES PER MASTERPLAN PROPOSED Complete 4 school of dentistry Addition Under Construction 8. TOMPKINS-MCCAW RENOVATION COMPLETE 9. BLACKWELL-SMITH RENOVATION IN PLANNING VIRGINIA BIOTECHNOLOGY RESEARCH PARK BUILDINGS 10. NEW VCUHS BED TOWER COMPLETE 14 New school of Medicine In Planning 5 Woods/lyons Renovation Complete 11. LAND ACQUISITION COMPLETE 12. SANGER HALL RESEARCH RENOVATION UNDER CONSTRUCTION 13. HUNTON HALL RENOVATION COMPLETE 15 Medical sciences Building II Under Construction 6 Mcguire Hall Renovation Complete 14. NEW SCHOOL OF MEDICINE IN PLANNING 15. MEDICAL SCIENCES BUILDING II UNDER CONSTRUCTION 16 Randolph Minor Hall Renovation 16. RANDOLPH MINOR HALL RENOVATION COMPLETE Complete 7 Richmond Academy of Medicine Acquisition ACQUISITION 17. LAND Complete COMPLETE 17 land Acquisition Complete 8 tompkins-Mccaw Renovation Complete 9 Blackwell-smith Renovation In Planning A signature new School of Medicine, currently in design, is a highlight of the MCV campus plan.
  8. 8. 4 results VCU is a concrete example of ‘university as an urban regenerator and good neighbor’ in a diverse urban context. Its identity and sense of place is in its ‘urbanness,’ its preserved historic resources that reflect surrounding neighborhoods of high archi- tectural and urban quality, its patience in assembling land parcels opportunistically to create thoughtful infill, and its ability to tie the complex web together with streetscapes, paving and graphic information to commu- nicate this complex circumstance. Success can be measured in a burgeoning student body, an enhanced student experience, and VCU’s identity is in its “urbanness.” the creation of campus entries that cause the institution’s boundaries to be a seam, not a barrier. Two significant outcomes are contin- ued expansion on Broad Street, populating it with activity and retail, and a partnership with Richmond to renovate Monroe Park as the academic campus heart. This formerly neglected yet prominent civic space will provide a campus green and public space for use by students and citizens. Key partner- ships, integrated planning and engagement Master plan success can be measured in an enhanced student experience, represented with the host community were critical to by new housing, Monroe Park residences (above) and Brandt Hall, a highrise (right). creating responses and opportunities. VCU is a textbook case that planners cannot talk to enough people, and that you have to move quickly.
  9. 9. A partnership with the City of Richmond to renovate Monroe Park as the academic heart of campus, will invigorate this formerly neglected, yet prominent, civic space and provide a campus green for students and citizens. FUtURe AtHletIC exPANsION stUdeNt HOUsING FUtURe VIRGINIA BIOteCHNOlOGy ReseARCH PARk stRUCtURes PARkING FACIlIty INFORMAtION sCHOOl OF NURsING COMMONs ClAssROOMs ClAssROOMs ReCReAtION sPORts sWIMMING POOl sANGeR HAll lIFe sCIeNCes II HUNtON HAll MedICAl sCIeNCes BUIldING (MsB) II Future projects, Monroe Park Campus. Future projects, MCV.
  10. 10. 5 fIVe most ImPortant Issues that drove decision-making HIstorIC resourCe Issues The Monroe Park campus occupies or abuts several historic districts. They are diverse socioeconomic districts. While providing a rich architectural context, their status also presents constraints, as well as challenges to preserve, renovate or adapt. VCU 2020 embraces its historic resources as part of its unique campus fabric, working with appropriate historic resource commissions and neighborhoods when making decisions about their future. Much attention was paid to the appropriateness of the design response while incorporating and adapting historic properties. VCU’s partnership with Richmond to renovate historic Monroe Park serves civic and campus objectives VCU 2020 embraces its historic resources as part of its unique campus fabric, noted by this Franklin Street response, blended old with new. and represents a successful outcome. Shafer Court Dining Center honors the neighboring Cathedral and a A new addition to the former Grove Avenue Baptist Church is sympathetic to row of historic row houses. the building’s historic roots, now housing VCU’s James W. Black Music Center.
  11. 11. mIxed uses Buildings that “multi-task” and districts that accommodate academic needs along with basic necessities such as housing and dining make VCU a unique urban experience, far different from a pastoral campus setting. This rich texture creates dynamism—and it is efficient when land is tight. For example, a Foundation Arts program on the top of one parking garage, a bookstore and visitor center on the first floor of a second, and a former church now student center and dining, create vitality. Ground level retail in new residence halls not only serves residents, but draws community. Shared aca- demic spaces capitalize on synergies. Bookstores, restaurants, art galleries add vitality to VCU’s streets.

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