College of Health Professions Building

, Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA

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How do you prepare students to excel in their chosen healthcare fields? By creating a flexible educational environment that drives interprofessional teamwork, cutting-edge technology, and innovative instruction. And VCU’s College of Health Professions building does just that.

A nexus for collaboration, the facility unites 11 health education departments under one roof to combine their strengths into a flexible interprofessional education community. Students, faculty, and researchers work side-by-side, learn from one another, and focus on delivering the best patient-centered care possible.

Robust high-touch technology is the heartbeat of this eight-story tower. Walk into the simulated hospital and watch the Nurse Anesthesia students practice on a patient simulator. Or, stop by the smart home apartment on the second floor to observe therapy students learning how to support individuals with limited mobility.

In the Biomechanics Research Lab, you will find students and faculty researching, creating, and testing healthcare devices to serve our communities better. Technology-rich experiential learning is everywhere.

The predominantly glass exterior puts these high-tech highlights on display. The vertical connections of the classrooms, laboratories, double-height collaboration areas, and faculty office clusters create collision zones and touchpoints for faculty and students, reinforcing the University’s goal of interprofessional collaboration.

Building Facts

  • 154,000 GSF New Construction
  • LEED Silver
  • Clinical Lab Science
  • OT and PT Skills Teaching Labs
  • Simulated Apartment Home Environment
  • Flex Simulation (OR/ER/ICU) with Dedicated Control Room
  • Acute Care Hospital Simulation Rooms with Shared Control Rooms
  • Simulation/Training Spaces for X-Ray, Nuclear Medicine, and Radiation Therapy
  • Biomechanics Research Labs
  • Shared Lecture Hall and Classrooms
  • Double-Height Study and Collaboration Space

Breaking Down Silos

Take a look inside VCU's new College of Health Professions – a technology driven, team-based learning environment that unites the university’s allied health programs.

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.

This building, which is gorgeous, is also incredibly functional, and it will allow us to train our students to work together and to collaborate so that they don’t just live in the silos of their disciplines.

Susan Parish, Ph.D. VCU Dean