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VSU breaks ground on Multipurpose Center

Published date: December 13, 2013

Calling the new facility “a symbol of unity,” Virginia State University President Keith T. Miller led a delegation of state, local and University officials and construction partners in the official Groundbreaking on VSU’s long-anticipated, $84 million Multipurpose Center.

Touted as the “new front door of the University,” the facility will feature a seating capacity of approximately 5,100 for sporting events, and 6,100 for stage events and concerts. The Multipurpose Center will  include academic classrooms and labs; a wellness center for students and staff; practice facilities and locker rooms for men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, and cheerleading; a banquet kitchen that can accommodate events up to 900; six VIP suites, the  President’s Suite, Trojan Club and outdoor club terrace.  This building will achieve LEED Silver rating, promoting not only scholastic and athletic excellence, but also an environmental awareness.

VSU’s Multipurpose Center will serve as the anchor for the University’s and Chesterfield County’s partnership to revitalize the Ettrick area. A mixed-use residential and commercial corridor along Chesterfield Avenue will complement the new facility. The plans for growth are outlined in both VSU’s Master Plan and Chesterfield’s Comprehensive Plan. VSU anticipates the project taking 22 months to complete.

VSU’s Multipurpose Center will be the only facility of its type between Richmond and Raleigh, NC and serve as a cultural hub for a wide swath of Southside Virginia. Joining President Miller in the Groundbreaking ceremony was Virginia’s Secretary of Education and a VSU alumnus Javaid Siddiqi, who grew up in Ettrick. Also on hand was Steve Elswick, Vice Chairman of Chesterfield County’s Board of Supervisors; members of VSU’s Board of Visitors, Foundation and Real Estate Foundation; and representatives of Ballard Construction, the lead contractor; and project architects and engineers Clark-Nexsen.

President Miller praised the support of the University’s neighboring communities and said the MPC will serve as a hub for the region.  “Look beside you,” he asked the standing-room-only crowd at the Groundbreaking.  “Your neighbor may look differently; have different beliefs; but everyone here will benefit from this facility.”

“The Multipurpose Center holds promise to revitalize the village of Ettrick, and be a catalyst to transform it into a true college town,” said VSU President Keith T. Miller. “When you drive past the construction, and later, when the Multipurpose Center is complete, remember what it’s about – a unified community.”

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