Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) College of Health Professions building opened in 2019 and houses all of the college’s academic units for the first time in the college’s 50-year history. Previously, students in health programs such as gerontology and nurse anesthesia were spread out among five buildings and two campuses.
The eight-level, 154,000 SF space also houses the doctoral program in health-related sciences, the dean’s office, and the Virginia Center on Aging. This consolidation will help students prepare for post-graduate life by providing them with the ability to interact with other disciplines in the same way that they will in professional hospital and medical office settings.
Some of our contributions to this LEED Silver project included an environmental impact report, survey, subsurface utility locating, fire flow testing, civil site design, and stormwater management. Additionally, we worked closely with the City of Richmond on a variety of issues including water line replacements and steam line relocation within City right-of-way and under North 10th Street and East Leigh Street.
This project showcases our ability to work in dense urban centers like the City of Richmond, Virginia where the streets cover a spider web of active and abandoned utilities – some as old as one hundred years. By researching multiple sources of mapping and accurately locating vertical and horizontal coordinates of existing utilities, we were able to design the new water, steam, and electrical duct banks to avoid conflicts and maintain required connections.
Utility Locating and Mapping
2020 GRACRE Top Institutional Project