Dec. 15, 2021
Take a virtual tour of VCU’s new STEM building
The 168,000-square-foot facility set to open in 2023 will feature a variety of unique learning environments.
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Construction of Virginia Commonwealth University’s new STEM building continues, with classes set to begin there in fall 2023.
The 168,000-square-foot, six-floor building at the site of VCU’s former Franklin Street Gym will provide classroom and study space for more than 10,000 students who will take 70 courses in the building each semester.
Along with much needed classroom and study space, the STEM building will feature laboratories where students can get hands-on experience. It will have 37 teaching labs; the Math Exchange, an innovative facility for math instruction; the Science Hub, a dedicated space for science tutoring and supplemental instruction; two large-capacity classrooms; computer labs; and large- and small-capacity flexible classrooms. It will feature instructional wet and dry labs and classrooms for teaching STEM subjects.
The building also will provide a common space for VCU students taking gateway courses in anthropology, biology, chemistry, forensics, kinesiology, mathematics, physics and psychology. These courses are taken by a majority of College of Humanities and Sciences students, as well as many other students from across the university.
To give an early look at the new building, the College of Humanities and Sciences recently produced an animated tour that highlights some of the unique learning environments freshmen and sophomore science and math students will experience: