JJM DESIGN | LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
John Meaney, RLA, ASLA
Virginia Commonwealth University's Men's & Women's Basketball Practice Facility
The new 60,000 square feet VCU Practice Facility in downtown Richmond provides state-of-the-art facilities for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams. The facility, located on West Marshall Street, across the street from VCU’s multi-purpose Siegel Center, will support player development and recruiting for the increasingly successful and popular VCU basketball programs.
The facility extends the University’s northern boundaries, occupying a city block that straddles the transition between the area’s institutional and commercial development, and the finer grain of residential properties. The site design looked to this urban context, in the design of outdoor spaces, striving to act as a ‘good neighbor’ by appropriately scaling and designing these spaces to connect with the residential character of the surrounding neighborhood.
Small plazas located at both front corners of the new building, front West Marshall. While the building functions primarily for the use of student-athletes, the southwest plaza engages pedestrians and residents within the adjacent city blocks by offering a pleasant urban space, defined by hardscape, seating and low maintenance plantings. The southeast plaza also contains seating which frames an urban bioretention area that is designed to handle rainwater from 6,800 square feet of roof.
Construction: Completion September of 2015
Site Area: 60,000 SF (Building 58,250SF)
Construction Cost: $25,000,000
LEED Certification: Persuing LEED Gold
Project A/E Team: VMDO Architects, Timmons Group, 2rw Consultants