RADFORD, VA. — Global construction and development firm Skanska has been selected to build Radford University’s new Center for Adaptive Innovation and Creativity (CAIC).
The $80.5-million, 177,917-square-foot building will be located in Radford, Va. and will replace the existing space for the College of Visual and Performing Arts and create interdisciplinary student spaces.
“The new Center for Adaptative Innovation and Creativity will offer the most modern classrooms that are adaptable for not only for how classes are taught today but how they are envisioned for the future. 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,” Radford University president Dr. Brian O. Hemphill said in a statement.
The new building will include a 475-seat performing arts theatre auditorium, fashion and interior design labs, health sciences clinical labs, painting and drawing studios, music and dance studios, maker and printer spaces, virtual and augmented reality labs, and offices and other academic support spaces, including classrooms and collaboration rooms.
“We are excited to enhance the educational experience of the students, faculty and staff at Radford University. 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,” executive vice-president responsible for Skanska’s North Carolina and Virginia building operations Greg Peele said.
The project is scheduled to begin in June with completion by the end of 2023.