Virginia Commonwealth University

Academic Learning Commons

BCWH and KSS, Associated Architects, successfully collaborated on the new Academic Learning Commons for Virginia Commonwealth University, which was completed for the 2013 school year. The project provides a general classroom building designed to be a student “hub” with a variety of classroom sizes and configurations to serve the widest range of subjects and teaching approaches including collaboration and breakout spaces throughout. The mix of classrooms includes a 400-seat lecture hall, a 200-seat tiered classroom, three 150-seat tiered classrooms, and five 80-seat tiered & flexible flat floor classrooms within the four-story, 102,000 SF structure located on the Monroe Park Campus.

The building is intentionally designed to be a collaborative space for all students and staff to share ideas and work together. The classrooms and assembly spaces in the Academic Learning Commons at VCU, is unlike any other on campus. Their arrangement facilitates a variety of approaches in large and small venues with the ability to adapt and re-configure to accommodate all forms of educational style. The School of Social Work is housed on the third floor and the fourth floor is home to VCU’s Center for Teaching Excellence where continuous research and experimentation on learning occurs. Students can work and learn amongst the most advanced educational research, demonstrational classrooms, and training for the implementation of new technology. The project is LEED Gold certified by the US Green Building Council.