By Eric Althoff
RADFORD, Va.—Global development and construction firm Skanska, whose home base is in Sweden, has been selected by Radford University to construct the college’s Center for Adaptive Innovation and Creativity. The $102 million, 177,917-square-foot building will replace the existing College of Visual and Performing Arts. The Center for Adaptive Innovation and Creativity will be the largest capital construction project ever at Radford University in terms of total funding and square footage.
The center will offer a new model of interdisciplinary learning among programs in the arts, health sciences and technology all together under one roof. The new facility will feature health sciences labs, painting and drawing studios, music and dance rooms, collaborative spaces, fashion and design labs, as well as a 475-seat performing arts theatre auditorium.
Skanska’s segment of the work represents $80.5 million of the total $102 million project budget.
“The new Center for Adaptive Innovation and Creativity will offer the most modern classrooms that are adaptable not only for how classes are taught today but how they are envisioned for the future,” Dr. Brian O. Hemphill, president of Radford University, said in a recent statement. “The new building is of the utmost importance to the students, faculty, and staff at Radford University, and will provide much needed space to welcome and inspire its users for generations to come.”
Greg Peele, executive vice president of Skanska’s North Carolina and Virginia building operations, said that his firm is excited to usher in a new era for Radford’s students, faculty and staff.
“The new CAIC building will allow for the integration of programs for innovative research, study and socialization with modern amenities and spaces for students to prosper,” Peele said.
Construction is anticipated to commence this summer, with a projected completion toward the end of 2023.
Skanska’s U.S. headquarters are in New York, and the firm has 28 offices throughout the United States employing 8,000 people.