STEM Building and pedestrian detour
Construction of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Building is underway at the site of the former Franklin Street Gym located at 817 W. Franklin Street. Visit the VCU Master Plan website for more information about the STEM Building.
During construction, the area surrounding the construction site is fenced off which requires pedestrian detours to Shafer Dining Center and Johnson Hall.
To reach Johnson Hall from the Compass, go north on Shafer towards Franklin Street. Cross Franklin and turn right in front of Blanton House, 826-828 W. Franklin Street, and walk one block east towards Laurel Street. At Laurel Street, turn right to go back across Franklin and Johnson Hall, 801 W. Franklin Street, is in front of you. An alternative path from Shafer Dining to Johnson is to go one block east on Cathedral Way towards Monroe Park. Turn left on Laurel Street, go one block north, crossing the alley behind Franklin Street Gym and Johnson Hall, 801 W. Franklin Street, and will be on your left. Franklin Street path is the recommended path of travel.
To reach Shafer Dining from the intersection of Laurel and Franklin Streets, go one block west on the north side of the 800 block of W. Franklin Street in front of Williams House. When you reach Blanton House, 826-828 W Franklin Street, at Shafer Street, turn left to cross Franklin. Go south on Shafer towards Cabell Library. Shafer Dining will be on your left when you reach the Compass in front of Cabell. The alternative route is to go one block south on Laurel in front of Johnson Hall, crossing the alley behind Franklin Street Gym and turn right on Cathedral Way. If you cross Cathedral Way, the sidewalk supports safe travel. Go one block west on Cathedral and Shafer Dining will be on the right when you reach the Compass.