VCU Institute for Contemporary Art

VCU’s Institute for Contemporary Art was a $35 million dollar construction project that involved the construction of a 38,000sf building with a double front: one side opens from the city, the other from the sculpture garden to the forum, linking city and campus. On the ground level, the café opens directly onto the sculpture garden, as does the ground level gallery. A large reflecting pond of recycled water shapes the sense of this garden as a “thinking field.”

Froehling & Robertson, Inc. provided geotechnical engineering and foundation recommendations during the design phase, and once the project went into construction, F&R provided materials testing on materials such as:

  • Soils/Controlled Fill: Observing proof rolling operations of the building, parking, and roadway subgrades prior to and following the placement of structural fill and/or base stone.
  • Foundation Subgrades: Evaluating the bearing at the bottom of footing excavations prior to the placement of foundation concrete.
  • Cast-in-Place Concrete: Sampling structural concrete and performing field tests that include temperature, slump, air content, and the casting of compressive strength test specimens. Prior to concrete placements, we observed the reinforcing steel to evaluate compliance with the contract documents.
  • Masonry: Field and laboratory testing of masonry materials prior to and during the masonry phase of construction.
  • Structural Steel and Light Gage Metal Framing: Performing field observation related to structural steel, welding, bolted connections, and steel joists.