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New STEM Building and pedestrian detour

The new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Building is underway at the site of the former Franklin Street Gym located at 817 W. Franklin Street. Construction of the new 168,000 square foot facility will begin with the systematic removal of the existing Franklin Street Gym. The removal process is anticipated to last into fall of 2020 allowing new foundation installation to begin. 

Visit the VCU Master Plan website for general information of the new STEM Facility.

STEM Building pedestrian detour 

During construction, the area is fenced off which requires pedestrian detours to Shafer Dining Center and Johnson Hall because the alley behind the Gym is closed.

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. Be mindful that the 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.  

For more information see the map below or contact Margaret Kelland at mkelland@vcu.edu.

You can also reference the STEM Building pedestrian detour map. [PDF]