Virginia Commonwealth University Institute of Contemporary Art

VCU Institute for Contemporary Art, Richmond (ICA), also known as the Markel Center at the VCU Institute for Contemporary Art, is an arts center at Virginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmond, Virginia. It was designed by architecture firm Steven Holl Architects, and built by Gilbane Building Company. NXL was responsible for providing surveying services for this project located in the City of Richmond. The project consisted of construction stakeout surveys for the installation of special customized glass panels. NXL established and verified horizontal and vertical controls, staked Glass Panel locations, verified existing finished floor (FF) marks established by others and staked FF offset evaluations at each opening. Further, NXL used ongoing quality assurance programs that involved all persons working on the project, including field crew chiefs, survey and CAD technicians.

Steven Holl Architects was selected from 64 competing architectural firms worldwide, along with local architect, BCWH Architects. Virginia Commonwealth University President Michael Rao, in announcing plans for the ICA in 2011, said that the prominence of the museum’s location, “bordering the city’s Arts District and in the Broad Street Corridor which links the VCU Monroe Park Campus with VCU’s Medical Center” would have symbolic significance. The ICA opened to the public in April, 2018.


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Virginia Commonwealth University




Richmond, VA

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