Planning Study and Renovation
BCWH's work with the VCU School of Pharmacy models a succession of integrated planning work at several scales. In 2005 we completed a comprehensive assessment of academic space on the Health Sciences campus. This space planning study revealed the need for the development of an updated academic space program for the VCU School of Pharmacy that would reflect the evolution in the state-of-the-art for Pharmacy education, training and research. Such a program would inform potential renovations of the existing School of Pharmacy in the Smith Building and inform long-term planning for potential future facilities needs. BCWH engaged Ellenzweig Architects as planning consultant for the process. Working closely with the School and VCU Facilities Staff and the Office of the Vice-President for Health Sciences, the team developed a detailed space and functional program for the School's administration, faculty offices, classroom and teaching laboratories and research laboratories. The 360,000 gross square foot program would provide for another generation of growth in instruction and research for the school.
Following completion of the program, BCWH Architects and Ellenzweig were selected to design high-priority renovations within the existing School of Pharmacy in the Robert Blackwell-Smith Building. These provided for increased enrollment from 130 students per class to 150 students per class and included a transformation of the student commons space on the ground floor, including seminar and study rooms; a compounding instruction lab; expansion of the existing TEAL classroom; the addition of a combination lecture and technology-assisted team-based learning classroom, and a new administrative suite including the Dean's office. The project was VCU's first to achieve LEED Silver CI (Commercial Interiors) certification by the US Green Building Council.
The VCU School of Pharmacy earned an American Society of Interior Designers 2011 Interior Design Excellence Award Honorable Mention.