VCU will break ground on ICA building tonight

The $35 million project officially gets its hands dirty this evening.

Update #1 — June 3, 2014; 10:37 AM

VCU will hold a groundbreaking ceremony tonight at the site of the planned Markel Center at the Institute for Contemporary Art. The event will take place between 6:00 – 7:00 PM at 601 W. Broad Street (southwest corner of Broad and Belvidere). Valet parking will be available on Pine Street.

VCU has also installed a Construction Cam that overlooks the site of the future building. It will take a daily photo of construction efforts to turn into a time-lapse video that will debut after the building is completed in 2016.

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Original — May 19, 2014

VCU will break ground on the $35 million Institute for Contemporary Art building sometime in June. VCU anticipates that the ICA will open sometime in 2016.

The Richmond-based Markel Corporation has donated a generous gift to the project.1 To honor that gift, the VCU Board of Visitors approved naming the new building the Markel Center.


  1. In September 2012, VCU reported that Kathie and Steve Markel gifted $5 million. It’s unknown if the Markel’s have supplied additional funding since. 
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