Listed below are explanations of VCU Division of Administration major projects.
ONE VCU Master Plan
The ONE VCU Master Plan process began in Fall 2017 and is guided by VCU’s Quest 2025: Together We Transform strategic plan and VCU Health’s Vision by Design strategic plan, as well as six guiding principles: student success, patient experience, program synergies, placemaking, mobility and safety, and campus unity. Learn more at masterplan.vcu.edu or sign up to receive updates by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
VCU College of Health Professions
A new 154,000 square foot building to house the 14 departments of the VCU College of Health Professions which are currently dispersed among several facilities on both campuses. Work is estimated to be completed in June 2019.
Inger Rice Lodge at the VCU Rice Rivers Center
A new 3,543 square foot facility to provide overnight facilities and expand the Rice Center’s research and education programs. The project consisted of three one-story wood frame structures situated in a modular layout and connected with covered porches providing dormitory and dining. Work was complete in June 2017.
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.
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 133,000 square foot, four-story building 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 workspace for grad student and post-doctoral staff. It will also offer collaboration space, conference rooms, and a collaboration hub to support Engineering outreach efforts such as employer and student work fairs. The building is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2020.
Scott House Renovation
Major interior and exterior renovations to the Scott House on the Monroe Park campus.
Energy Performance Contracting
Energy performance contracting will be performed to: 1) identify relevant Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) to reduce the consumption of energy in campus buildings, 2) quantify the projected savings and 3) leverage the energy savings realized to replace or repair items that are on deferred maintenance log.
The Great Place: HR Redesign
VCU recently redesigned its human resources policy in an effort to modernize the recruitment and retention of a progressive, diverse and talented workforce. This inclusive and collaborative project was in response to a 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. With the design of the new HR plan, VCU was able to keep the things employees love about state employment while modernizing outdated other HR policies and procedures. Visit the Great Place: HR Redesign to learn more.
VCU started a new performance management process utilizing Talent@VCU, performance and learning management software. The new performance management process includes a career development plan and the use of cascading goals, connecting each employee’s everyday work with the strategic mission and vision of the university. Talent@VCU helps managers and employees keep track of goals and monitor progress throughout the year.
VCU Human Resources launched RamStrong, a wellness initiative created by a team at the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute. The team recognized that VCU has many different wellness resources for faculty, staff, and students but envisioned a collaborative tool where the entire VCU community could easily access resources to support their own holistic well-being.
As part of the Great Place: HR Redesign, every University and Academic Professional is assigned to a job that matches the duties and responsibilities they are expected to perform at a given level. HR recently developed a tool to help managers and employees search and compare jobs across the university. Learn more at jobstructure.vcu.edu/.
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 primary lines of effort for the fiscal year 2018:
Implementation of an Institutional Safety Committee of faculty, Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) officers, and other representatives who can provide formative feedback to researchers, educators and staff
Implement formal authority for Arts Safety Committee
Continued deployment of BioRAFT for research laboratory inspections, hazardous chemical inventories, safety signage, hazardous chemical waste management and laboratory training
Mature the Enterprise Risk Management Process
Enterprise Risk Management is the process that VCU has undertaken in order to identify key areas of risk that can keep the university from achieving its strategic vision. The ERM Steering Committee, risk owners and process owners have completed their assessment and identification of the enterprise risks. In the coming year the ERM Steering Committee will focus on developing recommendations to the cabinet about the level of acceptable risk for the university.
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, but are not limited to trend analyses to determine highest incidence cause and highest incidence group; implement training plans targeting groups with highest incidence rate; and assisting leadership in designing workplace safety solutions resulting from job hazard analyses.
In August, VCU entered into a one-year service agreement with The Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC) to provide unlimited transportation access on the GRTC Pulse Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and regular local and express fixed-route bus service for all VCU, VCU Health System, and Virginia Premier ID holders at no cost to the rider.
Five Year Plan
Parking and Transportation continues to move forward with the development of a Five Year Plan, which will address several issues including the development of an interim solution for the space reduction on the MCV Campus, a detailed financial plan and an inclusive maintenance schedule. The estimated completion time for this Five Year Plan is Spring 2019.
To meet the long-term parking demand across the Monroe Park and MCV campuses, VCU needs to convert four percent of employees and two percent of students to alternative transportation modes, an insight revealed in a comprehensive university parking and transportation study. Moving forward, we will strengthen our focus on alternative transportation across both the university and health system.
New Student and Family Orientation
Throughout the summer, community police officers introduce VCUPD and present safety information to thousands of incomings students – and their families – during new student orientations. Officers highlight the university’s emergency alerting technologies and best practices for personal safety at VCU; they are available to answer questions at new student events, prior to freshmen moving onto campus. Department leaders and officers also attend new family socials to answer questions from parents and family members prior to the start of the academic year.
43rd Basic Academy
The VCU Police 43rd Basic Law Enforcement Academy started in May 2018. VCUPD is the only campus, law enforcement agency in Virginia to host an academy certified by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. Recruits attend classes at VCUPD headquarters and complete physical fitness training and community outreach projects on both of VCU’s campuses. As part of 18 weeks of training, recruits learn about police operations and topics such as crisis intervention training and fair and impartial policing. The class will graduate in September.
The department continues to recruit pre-certified police officers for employment. A staff recruiter is attending hiring fairs in Virginia and the department will start a strong hiring push in July. Pre-certified officers typically bring a wealth of experience to policing at VCU and are deployed on both campuses once they finish a mandatory field-training program.
Enhanced Technology Tools for Teaching
Technology Services will implement Lecture Capture software, which will enhance or replace Echo360, VCU’s current video education platform. A thorough evaluation led to a two-year continuation of Echo 360 for most lecture capture. VCU is also piloting Kaltura/Cattura technology in several schools with plans to migrate to that solution over the next 18 months.
Identity and Access Management
Technology Services will implement a new Identity and Access Management system with an associated process and governance model. The new system will ensure safer and more efficient access to VCU information systems for faculty, staff and students.
VCU will implement a managed print service to deliver cost and environmental savings to individuals, departments and the university while providing increased features including secure, print-anywhere technology.
IT Systems Infrastructure
Planning, Assessment, and Accreditation System
This is a central integrated system for the Office of the Provost that supports assessment, academic program reviews, accreditation, and other initiatives to promote consistent planning, management, and reporting for academic programs. The Phase 1 go-live is planned for October 2018
Banner 9 upgrade
Banner is VCU’s central information system for student and employee records. All Banner users will use the upgraded version by the end of the 2018 year.
Access point replacement
Technology Services is replacing more than 3,700 wireless network access points in academic, administrative and public spaces with a new cloud-managed, highly redundant system of access points. This will reduce the hardware and software footprint on-premise while at the same time expand the ability to use Big Data techniques to provide a better customer experience.
ONE VCU Master Plan
CARE is engaged as a major stakeholder in the ONE VCU Master Plan, which will drive the development of university strategic real estate plan. The ONE VCU Master Plan process began in Fall 2017 and is guided by VCU’s Quest 2025: Together We Transform strategic plan and VCU Health’s Vision by Design strategic plan, as well as six guiding principles: student success, patient experience, program synergies, placemaking, mobility and safety, and campus unity. Learn more at masterplan.vcu.edu or sign up to receive updates by emailing email@example.com.
CARE recently relocated to offices at 800 W. Broad Street. The move collocates all real estate staff, offers better access for VCU customers, and provides an innovative professional workspace.
Leasing and other facility agreements
Examples of recent work involving real estate leases serving VCU programs includes the following:
- Lease of ~5,600 square feet of space to house a collaborative initiative between VCU and the VCU Health System that will provide unique health education and wellness center designed to invest in building a healthy community specifically addressing needs in Richmond’s underserved east end;
- Lease of ~60,000 square feet of research laboratory space in the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park, adjacent to the medical campus, for the express purpose of advancing grant-funded research opportunities arising out of a $25 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; this lease delivers a home for the Medicines for All Institute which, through research and development, addresses essential global health issues that will increase access to lifesaving medications for HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and other diseases around the world.
- Ground lease for land at the Brook Road Campus of the Children’s Hospital of Richmond made it possible for VCU to use state funding to build a 119,000-square foot state-of-the-art facility to replace the Virginia Treatment Center for Children (VTCC); relocating this replacement facility frees land for dense urban redevelopment of the former VTCC site on the MCV Campus;
- Ground lease of the former VTCC land (on the MCV Campus) to VCU Health for the development of an adult outpatient hospital facility aligned with the hospital’s strategic master plan;
- Lease of ~8,000 square feet of office space on West Broad Street on the Monroe Park Campus to create a start-up space for VCU’s Center for Urban Communities and provide critical space for the Division of Student Affairs’ student technology services and student conduct and academic integrity; and
Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between VCU and the Monroe Park Conservancy to provide funding for the renovation and use of a portion of the “Checkers Building” in the newly renovated city park.
- Lease of ~8,000 square feet of office and research space at 100 West Franklin Street for the Center for the Study of Tobacco Products (CSTP). The CSTP will use the space to study the use of electronic cigarettes and other tobacco products.
- Lease of space for VCU Business Services to operate a fast casual restaurant and bakery (Au Bon Pain) to help enliven that part of Grace Street and provide additional dining options to the student body, faculty, staff and the community at large.
- Expand leased space in the BioTech Park by an additional 18,124 square feet. The expansion allows for additional research activities for the College of Engineering.
Load capacity assessments of leased space
CARE is analyzing the VCU leased portfolio to determine load capacity ratios. Analyses look at employee workspace utilization by unit; e.g., academic, research, administrative, etc. These metrics are vitally important to the university as higher education faces heightened pressure on cost and efficiency.
Recent acquisitions include the following:
- Acquisition of properties in the 600 block of West Grace Street assembling ~70% of the half block on the north side of Grace;
- Acquisition of 906 ½ West Broad Street adjoining another university-owned property to allow expansion of critical programs and to allow an improved streetscape;
- Acquisition of 534 North Harrison Street adding to an assemblage of the city block bounded by West Grace, West Broad, Ryland and North Harrison Streets, where major investments by the university have been made in developing residential centers; and
- Acquisition of the land tract at the site of Snead Hall and Engineering East necessary for the construction of a state-funded 133,000-square foot engineering research building.