Skanska to construct $80.5M building for Virginia university

Skanska selected to build Radford University’s $80.5 million Center for Adaptive Innovation and Creativity in Virginia. Image courtesy Skanska
Skanska selected to build Radford University’s $80.5 million Center for Adaptive Innovation and Creativity in Virginia.
Image courtesy Skanska

Skanska was selected to build Radford University’s new Center for Adaptive Innovation and Creativity (CAIC) in Virginia. The $80.5 million, 16,529-m2 (177,917-sf) building will replace the existing space for the college of visual and performing arts and create interdisciplinary student spaces.

“The new Center for Adaptative Innovation and Creativity will offer the most modern classrooms that are adaptable for not only for how classes are taught today but how they are envisioned for the future,” said Brian O. Hemphill, Radford University president.

The new building will allow cross-disciplinary collaboration of educational programs in the arts, health sciences, and technology; it will include state-of-the-art facilities, such as:

  • a 475-seat performing arts theater auditorium;
  • fashion and interior design labs;
  • health sciences clinical labs;
  • painting and drawing, music, and dance studios;
  • maker and printer spaces;
  • virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) labs, and
  • offices and other academic support spaces, including classrooms and collaboration rooms.

“The new CAIC building will allow for the integration of programs for innovative research, study, and socialization with modern amenities and spaces for students to prosper,” said Greg Peele, executive vice-president for Skanska’s North Carolina and Virginia building operations.

The project is expected to begin in June and be completed by end of 2023.

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