Listed below are explanations of VCU Division of Administration major projects.
In November 2016, Virginia Commonwealth University began the conversation about our next strategic plan. Following closely with this effort will be a new Master Site Plan. The University is committed to providing an open, thoughtful, transparent and inclusive master planning process designed to engage the VCU community and our external stakeholders.
It is anticipated that a consultant will be hired in Spring 2017 to assist in the master planning process, which should launch in Summer 2017.
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VCU’s 41,000-square-foot Institute for Contemporary Art will be an incubator for interdisciplinary experimentation for the entire university while simultaneously providing opportunities for collaboration both locally and internationally. The building, which was designed by one of the world’s most important living architects, Steven Holl, is expected to be about 32,000-square-feet, will feature approximately 8,000-square-feet of gallery space, an outdoor installation space, a 210-seat auditorium with tiered seating, classrooms, a gift shop, a cafe with a catering kitchen and an entry hall suitable for exhibitions, installations and social events.
Virginia Treatment Center for Children Replacement Facility
A new, 119,000 square foot, 32-bed behavioral health for children and adolescents, designed to expand to 48 beds, this two-story facility will relate to adjacent architecture. Work is estimated to be completed in September 2017.
Inger Rice Lodge at the VCU Rice Rivers Center
A new 3,543 square foot to provide overnight facilities to expand the Rice Center’s research and education programs. The project consists of three one-story wood frame structures situated in a modular layout and connected with covered porches providing dormitory and dining. Work is estimated to be completed in June 2017.
School of Allied Health Professions
A new 154,000 square foot building to house the fourteen departments of the School of Allied Health Professions which are currently dispersed among several facilities on both campuses. Work is estimated to be completed in June 2019.
Sanger Hall Renovations Phase II, Parts B, C, and D
The final three parts of a four-part renovation of 60,000 square feet of Sanger Hall, VCU’s largest research facility. Work is being performed on the 4th and 5th floors of the building, including supporting infrastructure, and will provide updated, flexible laboratory, support and office space and restroom upgrades. Work is estimated to be completed in January 2019.
Cabell Library Expansion
The $50.8 million project adds 93,000 square feet of new construction and 63,000 square feet of improvements to the existing library, with 90 percent of the space designed specifically for student use. The new space features a dedicated graduate and faculty space, a media creation space, an expanded Starbucks, instructional spaces, and an art space.
In an effort to contribute to our community both on campus and off, the Office of Sustainability has committed to managing two gardens on VCU’s campuses.
To provide growing space to students, staff, and faculty on campus. Provide hands-on, educational opportunities related to gardening, food access, and food systems
To alleviate food insecurity at VCU and in Richmond via regular produce donations to our community partners
and to create universally accessible spaces that enrich the lives of those in our community
Engineering Research Building
A new 125,000 square foot, four story building which will be connected to Engineering East Hall and will contain 24 flexible research laboratories and associated support space plus a vivarium on the basement level. Support space includes researcher office space and work space for grad student and post doctorial staff. It will also contain collaboration space, conference rooms, and a collaboration hub to support Engineering outreach efforts such as employer student work fairs. Engineering career services will also be relocated to this building to enhance student placement during work fair events. The building is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2020.
Raleigh Building Renovation
The total renovation of this 26,620 square foot historic building at the corner of Franklin and Harrison Streets and constructed in 1908, to meet current building code and functional requirements of the university. The renovation includes replacement of the existing roof, repairs to the foundation and building envelope, new mechanical, plumbing and electrical service, and reconfiguration of spaces to accommodate the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. Work is estimated to be complete in December 2017.
The Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics has begun a new program called the Math Exchange, designed to deliver innovative Pre-Calculus instruction. The recently completed renovations of the space that was previously occupied by VCU Police, allow for the College of Humanities & Sciences to offer the flexible learning environment required for the success of the program which includes tutoring staff available 24/7 to students enrolled in mathematics courses.
VCU Technology Services Projects
Enhance Technology Tools for Teaching
- Evaluate and plan strategy for Lecture Capture software (enhance or replace Echo 360)
- Implement VoiceThread for Blackboard
- Implement new imaging and application delivery model for classroom PCs
Implement 100Gbps connectivity as part of Mid-Atlantic Research Infrastructure Alliance (MARIA)
- Development of full project plan and project proposal
Data Network Infrastructure
Continued progress on upgrade of campus fiber plant and data network infrastructure to support 40Gbps connectivity and provide further reliability across both campuses
- Completion of Phase 2 milestones as identified in detailed fiber upgrade project plan
- Purchase and implementation of Central Network Admission device
Identity and Access Management
Implement Identity and Access Management system and associated process/governance model
- Full requirements definition
- Issuance of RFP
- Vendor selected
IT Systems Infrastructure
Develop and implement necessary IT systems infrastructure in Banner and ancillary systems to support HR redesign and student success goals
- Successful go-live of Cornerstone On Demand Performance Management and LMS modules
- Implementation of DegreeWorks improvements
- Completion of Phase 3 Banner Revitalization initiatives
- Banner XE upgrade complete
Human Resources Projects
The Great Place: HR Redesign
VCU is redesigning its human resources structure to modernize and support the recruitment and retention of a diverse and progressive faculty, staff, and senior leadership. This is an inclusive and collaborative project in response to the 2013 Great Place Initiative survey in which faculty and staff expressed the need to reform and improve practices around compensation, career advancement, performance management and professional development. Enrollment in the new HR plan begins January 2018.
Visit the Great Place: HR Redesign to learn more details and follow their progress.
Human Resources is working closely with Technology Services to implement software that supports new performance management procedures, designed to help managers and employees work together to set goals and monitor progress throughout the year. The new system and procedures improve transparency, keep employees informed of changing goals, and ensure that employee progress is recognized. Employees can set up professional profiles that highlight special skills and experience, register for training opportunities, and manage their career development through the software’s learning management system (LMS).
To support Great Place: HR Redesign efforts, Human Resources is redesigning its compensation structure – grouping jobs by function and a standard set of job titles. Each job title has a unique description and market salary range based on external salary data for similar work by other comparable employers.
Safety and Risk Management Projects
Implement APLU Guidelines for Improving the Safety Culture at Universities
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) formed the Task Force on Laboratory Safety to provide research universities with recommendations and guidance on the most appropriate strategies to enhance a culture of laboratory safety. The deliberative work of this body culminated in the issuance of A Guide to Implementing Safety Culture in Our Universities in April of 2016. The Safety and Risk Management Department is charged with implementing these guidelines at Virginia Commonwealth University.
There are three primary lines of effort for the fiscal year 2017:
- Implement university Safety Policy
- Implement an Institutional Safety Committee
- Implement formal authority for the Institutional Biosafety Committee, Radiation Safety Committee, and the Laboratory Safety Committee
- Initiate an enterprise solution for research laboratory inspection, training, and chemical inventory
Develop the Enterprise Risk Management Process
In order to better inform the university administration and the Board of Visitors of the existing risks to achieving the strategic plan of the university, the Safety and Risk Management Department has been charged with the following:
- validate the existing identified risks
- identify new risks and opportunities
- continue to engage the Enterprise Risk Management Steering Committee
Reduce Employee Accident and Injury Rate
Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to the health and safety of the faculty, staff, and students of our community. To this end, the Safety and Risk Management Department is engaged in activities to assess, mitigate and reduce the number of injuries that occur among the employees of the university. These include:
- Conducting trend analyses to determine highest incidence cause and highest incidence group
- Developing policies to mitigate hazards associated with accidents
- Developing and implementing training plans targeting groups with highest incidence rate
Parking and Transportation Projects
5 Year Plan
With many unknowns in our future, to include the future arrival of GRTC's BRT (the Pulse), demolition of D Deck, projected campus growth, and our constant lease turnover, Parking and Transportation is moving forward with the development of a 5 Year Plan, which will address many of these issues, including the development of an interim solution for the space reduction on the MCV Campus. The estimated completion time for this 5 Year Plan is Fall 2017.
Parking Policy Creation
In efforts to provide a framework for departmental resolutions, there exists a need for an official parking policy document. This document, to be generated through the Parking and Transportation Advisory Committee, will extend campus-wide and simplify the user experience by addressing commonly asked questions and issues. The estimated completion time for this document is December 2017.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance Assessment
A campus-wide ADA compliance assessment is underway. This project is designed to enhance access, provide equal opportunity and ensure compliance with the ADA's requirements. The estimated completion date for this project is June 2017.
VCU Police Projects
New Student Orientations
In June, community policing and crime prevention officers joined VCU New Student and Family Programs to participate in new student orientations. Throughout the summer, officers welcome new students, transfer students, and parents and families, to the VCU community. During orientation sessions, officers give overviews of the department, explain prohibited conduct, give advice on personal protection, review VCU Alerts and encourage students to download the LiveSafe app.
New students and families actively ask questions about safety on campus and officers are available to answer their questions and help prepare students for living and learning in the city. We encourage you to take a moment to view the 2017 VCU Police New Orientation video.
The 42nd Basic Police Academy for the Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department started on June 26. The class will run for 23 weeks, culminating in the completion of all requirements for law enforcement officers as set forth by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. Training for the seven new VCUPD recruits will include (but is not limited to) defense tactics, emergency driving, firearms and cultural diversity. Throughout the course of the academy, they will learn how to handle high and low stress and crisis situations. VCU Police offers specialized training specific to the VCU community, which includes community policing practices, Safe Zone, the You Have Options Program, fair & impartial policing and transgender sensitivity.
Promotions and Recruiting
The chief recently promoted a new assistant chief, two captains, three lieutenants and three sergeants who are now part of the police leadership and supervisory teams. In addition, the department has hired a new recruiting and volunteer coordinator to manage recruitment into the VCU Police Academy and to establish a formal volunteer program.
VCU Police created the Law Enforcement Apprentice Program (LEAP) to fill a gap during the hiring process for new recruits — specifically the time between background investigations and the VCUPD Academy’s start date. From start to finish, a typical police hiring process can take an extensive amount of time to complete. LEAP allows VCUPD to start the vetting process and to put viable candidates to work. These candidates receive a conditional offer of employment and radio and bike training; they serve as additional eyes and ears for police on campus. LEAP staff is equipped with yellow VCU shirts and jackets and work in high pedestrian traffic areas and buildings, where. Their mission is to be highly visible and engaging with students, faculty, staff, and visitors and to report any safety issues to the police. Once they successfully complete their background investigation, they will begin the VCUPD basic law enforcement academy as recruits.