Governor proposes $101 million for new innovation center at Radford University
Gov. Ralph Northam has allocated nearly $101 million toward the Center for Adaptive Innovation and Creativity planned for Radford University’s main campus.
The funding — which will require General Assembly approval — is part of the governor’s recently proposed 2020-22 budget. The money from the state is expected to cover the cost of the project, which Radford currently estimates to be $97.8 million.
The center would represent the largest capital construction project in the history of Radford University in terms of total funding and square footage, according to a university news release.
The 178,000-square-foot building would replace existing space for the College of Visual and Performing Arts — McGuffey and Porterfield halls would be torn down — and also would create interdisciplinary spaces serving the Waldron College of Health and Human Services and the Artis College of Science and Technology, according to university spokeswoman Caitlyn Scaggs.
The state approved detailed plans for the project in July 2018, and the university expects construction to start during the fall of 2020 and finish in spring 2023, assuming the funding is approved by legislators. Students and faculty are expected to begin using the new building during the summer of 2023 under the current timeline.
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