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UPDATE: Building the new library for VCU's future--Preliminary designs in the works focus on student spaces

October 1, 2012

VCU is on a fast track to build a new library adjacent to James Branch Cabell Library on the Monroe Park campus. The project will create a striking new facility on Shafer Court that will connect with the existing Cabell Library, while also renovating parts of Cabell in order to integrate old and new.

VCU Libraries embarked on the process of designing a new library building in April with the University's issuance of a Request for Proposal for an architect/engineering firm. The RFP was awarded to the team of Shepley Bullfinch and Moseley Architects, and work began in earnest with the first meeting of the architects and the University personnel on August 16. Four all-day meetings have been held with the building team, composed of representatives from the VCU Libraries, VCU Facilities Planning, and Shepley Bullfinch/Moseley. These early meetings have made rapid progress towards final design, thanks in part to space planning study completed in 2011 that identified space and services most needed in a new building.

The Process and the Timetable

The process so far has been organized around two main objectives.

The result: Four different building concepts are under review. In addition, the firm is exploring how the new building will sit on the proposed site and how it will affect pedestrian traffic. The firm is now moving forward with design proposals and a final schematic layout of the space that capture the decisions that have been made. First possible designs and renderings for the new building will be unveiled in late October. 

Inside the New Library

From the Street 

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