Located at the corner of Perry Street and West Campus Drive, the $42 million three-story, 73,400-square-foot building contains 15 state-of-the-art classrooms and four interdisciplinary teaching laboratories with seats for more than 1,450 students, as well as study rooms and group meeting space. The new learning spaces are designed to support increasingly interactive and technology-driven learning experiences.
The classrooms have features that include moveable furnishings, wall-mounted writing spaces, and multiple screens for projecting shared material and student work. Some rooms were configured as SCALE-UP classrooms, a specific design that facilitates team-based, active learning as an alternative to lectures, even for large-enrollment classes.
The building includes rooms that can be subdivided and readily reconfigured as the instructional needs, technologies, and teaching methods change over time.
The new building was constructed to LEED certification standards, a designation given by the U.S. Green Building Council for structures that use the very best in energy and environmental design.
The location of the Classroom Building adjacent to other instructional buildings is intended to minimize travel time between classes for students and faculty. The location is also convenient to students commuting from off-campus.
EYP Architecture & Engineering of Washington, D.C., designed the building, and WM Jordan Company Inc. of Newport News was the construction manager.
Originally Built: 2016