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View STEM building 'Topping Out' ceremony and virtual beam signing

On May 4, the future of STEM at VCU grew brighter with placement of the last steel beam in the College’s new six-story building.

The beam featured the signatures of more than 400 faculty, staff, students and alumni, which were submitted virtually and applied as a decal to the beam. In addition, President Rao, Dean Malat and other key faculty members gathered in-person to sign the beam the Friday before the topping out ceremony.

Opening fall 2023, the new STEM building will be the crossroads of instruction, collaboration and discovery for the sciences at VCU. More than 10,000 students will take as many as 70 different courses in the new building each semester. Here, the College of Humanities and Sciences will continue to deliver an innovative sciences curriculum seamlessly integrated with research, better preparing VCU’s graduates to understand and solve contemporary problems. It will also be a place where growing talents are nurtured and foundational laboratory skills are taught, and where faculty will mentor and train tomorrow’s science leaders.

The STEM building will provide resources for our anthropology, biology, chemistry, forensic science, kinesiology and health sciences, mathematics and applied mathematics, physics, psychology and the interdisciplinary science program students.

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