VCU Institute for Contemporary Art

VCU Institute for Contemporary Art

Richmond, Virginia
United States

TYLin provided structural engineering services for a new LEED Gold certified building that acts as a gateway connecting the VCU campus to the local community.

The superstructure consists of three different systems: cast-in-place concrete, precast concrete hollow core plank, and steel framing with concrete-on-metal-deck, all supported on a reinforced concrete mat foundation. TYLin wove these three superstructure systems together to create the desired interior aesthetic; to reduce the weight bearing on the foundation, and to achieve a complex architectural form.

TYLin designed the gallery walls as deep concrete beams, allowing for the length of the upper galleries to be spanned almost entirely column-free while cantilevering in multiple locations. The tallest volume of the new center, wedged into the intersection of the forking galleries and performance space, consists of structural steel framing supporting concrete-on-metal-deck. This system simplified the construction of the north wall, which slopes and curves in two directions.

Spaces within this new 41,000-square-foot building include galleries, a café, a 240-seat auditorium, classrooms, and workshops.

Image credit: Iwan Baan (finished images)

Engineering Excellence Awards, Platinum Awards - Structural Systems, 2019
ACEC New York

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