College of Health Professions Building

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA


The new College of Health Professions Building unites Gerontology, Health Administration, Nurse Anesthesia, Occupational Therapy, Patient Counseling, Physical Therapy, Radiation Sciences, Rehab Counseling, and the Technology Center, as well as the Dean’s Office and the Virginia Center on Aging.

Variously sized, flexible classrooms located throughout the building supports strategic adjacencies and ease of sharing. The design enables departments to share teaching amenities and technologies, such as synchronous distance-learning classrooms; audiovisual capture of directed instruction; and observation of patient-care simulation.

The building houses a dedicated Nurse Anesthesia simulation suite, as well as one shared by all of the allied health disciplines working individually or in teams across specialties. Simulated hospital environments are provided for operating rooms, acute care patient rooms, recovery rooms, and a range of imaging spaces including a high-tech virtual linear accelerator. The therapy departments share a state-of-the-art Smart Home Apartment for training students.

The program also includes a double-height biomechanics research lab and several maker labs, where students and faculty can research, create, and test their own adaptive aids for therapy.

Building Facts

  • 154,000 GSF new construction

  • Gerontology

  • Health Administration

  • Nurse Anesthesia

  • Occupational Therapy

  • Patient Counseling

  • Physical Therapy

  • Radiation Sciences

  • Rehab Counseling

  • Technology Center

  • Simulation suites

  • Distance-learning

VCU Allied Health magazine talks to Lead Designer Rob McClure, Health Education Expert Jennifer Amster, and Project Director Eric Kern about the inspiration for and progress on the new College of Health Professions Building.