Virginia State University will break ground on its 165,000-square-foot Multipurpose Center at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13. The Groundbreaking will take place at Third Avenue and Watson Street, in the building footprint.
Touted as the “new front door of the University,” the facility will feature a seating capacity of approximately 5,100 for sporting events, and 6,100 for stage events and concerts. The Multipurpose Center will include academic classrooms and labs; a wellness center for students and staff; practice facilities and locker rooms for men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, and cheerleading; a banquet kitchen that can accommodate events up to 900; six VIP suites, the President’s Suite, Trojan Club and outdoor club terrace. This building will achieve LEED Silver rating, promoting not only scholastic and athletic excellence, but also an environmental awareness.
VSU’s Multipurpose Center will serve as the anchor for the University’s and Chesterfield County’s partnership to revitalize the Ettrick area. A mixed-use residential and commercial corridor along Chesterfield Avenue will complement the new facility. The plans for growth are outlined in both VSU’s Master Plan and Chesterfield’s Comprehensive Plan.
VSU’s Multipurpose Center will be the only facility of its type between Richmond and Raleigh, NC and serve as a cultural hub for a wide swath of Southside Virginia.
“The Multipurpose Center holds promise to revitalize the village of Ettrick, and be a catalyst to transform it into a true college town,” said VSU President Keith T. Miller. “The facility will serve both the University and our neighbors, with events such as high school graduations, concerts and the ability to host a variety of large-scale athletic events.”
VSU hired Clark Nexsen, Architects and Engineers assisted by AECOM to provide the design of the facility. Ballard Construction will lead the build and McDonough Bolyard Peck, a construction-consulting firm, will assist with project implementation and management. VSU anticipates the project taking 22 months to complete, with an estimated construction cost of $57 million and total project cost of $84 million.