Promoting Interior Connectivity for Science and Technology Education

Radford University, Reed and Curie Halls Addition and Renovation, Radford, Virginia

The renovation and addition of Reed and Curie Halls consist of a complete interior renovation of the existing 1930s and 1970s science buildings on campus that will provide academic teaching and research space for student research and engagement, classrooms, offices, labs, collaborative space, and a full systems replacement. This facility will provide several of the university’s science departments, including geospatial science, biology, chemistry, geology physics, and a Cyber Training Security Training and Education Lab (CTEL) for simulation of cyber threats.

Targeting a LEED Silver rating, this 70,000 sf project consists of a complete interior renovation of the existing Reed and Curie Halls and a new, 3,300 sf construction addition that will enhance the existing inadequate link between the two buildings with a two-story collaborative area. The new addition will serve as a circulation hub and building common area, occupied by smaller meeting and study rooms as well as office support functions, to help serve as the heart of the building.

This renovation project will significantly benefit our students and faculty to advance both knowledge and research in the sciences, as well as the Commonwealth. The timing also is perfect to contribute to the demands of our state’s future economy given, for example, the stated need for cyber and computer science professionals and Radford’s growing expertise in this area.

Brian O. Hemphill, President, Radford University