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VCU Grace and Broad Residence Center

Richmond, Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University
Clark Nexsen Architecture and Engineering
174,295 square feet

The Grace and Broad Residence Center offers a Living-Learning Community for 396 students. Two 5-story buildings, each facing a different street with a unique architectural character, make up the complex. The complex is home to two living-learning communities designed to develop leaders and entrepreneurs. The design build team worked with the university to repurpose the entire first floor of the Broad Street building into retail and Collaborative Incubator space to support these programs.

Four-person single bedroom apartments with large, oversized windows reflect the character of an urban loft apartment. Each furnished apartment has a full-size kitchen with appliances including a washer and dryer. The buildings are air-conditioned and include wifi, cable TV and 24-hour security. The project is registered with the USGBC, seeking LEED® Silver certification for sustainable design and construction.

The project was awarded a 2015 Merit Award from the DBIA Hampton Roads Chapter for excellence in Design Build project delivery.  Student Housing Business Magazine awarded the project an Innovator Award for best on-campus architecture and design during their InterFace Student Housing Conference in April, 2016.