VCU School of Allied Health Professions to break ground on new building

The more than 154,000-square-foot building will bring all 11 of the school’s units under one roof

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The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Allied Health Professions will celebrate the start of construction on its new state-of-the-art building at a ground breaking event on April 28.

The new facility will provide a unified space for the school’s nine academic units, the dean’s office and the Virginia Center on Aging. Its top-ranked programs have occupied 13 buildings in the past 45 years and are currently scattered among five buildings on two campuses.

The LEED Silver-designed building is going to be L-shaped, with a west-facing eight-story wing and a south-facing four-story wing. Each of the building’s eight floors will feature formal and informal spaces designed to promote inter-professional education and collaboration. The building will also feature cutting edge learning laboratories designed for human simulation, diagnostic technology, rehabilitation and counseling education. Flexible classrooms will be designed to promote student engagement and to foster distance learning opportunities.


WHAT:                    School of Allied Health Professions ground breaking
WHEN:                    April 28, 11 a.m.
WHERE:                  600 N. 10th St.

WHO:                    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe

                              Michael Rao, Ph.D., president of VCU and VCU Health System

                              Marsha Rappley, M.D., CEO of VCU Heath System and VCU vice president of health sciences

                              Cecil B. Drain, Ph.D., dean of VCU School of Allied Health Professions

                              Delegate S. Chris Jones