Radford University, College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences

Radford, Virginia

  • FIRM

    Moseley Architects


    Radford University

  • AREA

    141,100 sq.ft.





Design team: Ann P. Stokes Landscape Architecture (Landscape Architecture); Draper Aden Associates (Civil Engineering); Theatre Projects Consultants (Architectural Support)

Consistent with the objectives of the university’s master plan, the campus’s new academic building was designed to foster collaboration and prepare students in the College of Humanities and ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$290.00FEATURED IN2018 Architectural Portfolio Sciences for success. The facility also consolidates interdisciplinary programs, which were previously housed in seven different areas around campus.
The building features laboratories, research centers, an academic advising center, a moot courtroom, studios for television and online broadcasting, and an emergency management center that, when needed, will serve as a real-life emergency response coordination point. These and other hands-on academic facilities were designed to help students succeed outside the classroom.
Designed to coincide with the campus’s traditional Georgian architecture while also relating to the more progressive aesthetic on the edge of campus, the facility features two main entrances. This approach helps further the university’s strategic goal of student engagement; one entrance provides access to the campus quad, and the opens to East Main Street. The goal was to telegraph that the college exists to connect the campus to the larger local community.
The facility received LEED Gold certification in 2017, it complies with the energy-conservation provisions of EPAct 2005, and it reduces greenhouse gas emissions as required by EISA 2007. Plumbing fixtures were selected to reduce water consumption by 25 percent, and exterior sun shading reduces solar heat gain.