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Virginia Commonwealth University plans to construct $121 million STEM building

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A rendering of the future STEM building. Photo courtesy: Ballinger/Quinn Evans Architects.

Virginia Commonwealth University’s Franklin Street Gym in Richmond will be demolished next year to make way for a $121 million building dedicated to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. 

The six-story, 168,000-square-foot building will house lab, classroom and office space for the College of Humanities and Sciences. Gov. Ralph Northam signed the state budget last week that includes the $121 million in funding for the building.

Work will begin in spring 2020 to demolish Franklin Street Gym.

Ballinger and Quinn Evans Architects are designing the building, while Hourigan will build it.

The new space will include 34 teaching labs; a new facility for math instruction; a science learning center; classrooms and computer labs.

According to VCU, more than 15,000 students take STEM classes each year in the College of Humanities and Sciences. The school awards 1,500 STEM-related degrees annually.

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