Monday, April 13, 2015
Iconic VCU Building Requests Release
(Richmond, VA--April 13, 2015) This morning, reliable sources close to Hibbs Hall on Virginia Commonwealth University's Monroe Park Campus told The Richmonder that the iconic VCU building was requesting a release. Steve Malrire with the AAU (American Architects Union) noted that the building, which has been home at various times to VCU's main dining hall, bookstore, computer labs, and classroom facilities has recently begun to complain about a reduction in playing time.
"Look," Malrire told The Richmonder, "here you have a building that has historically been a utility player, willing to step in and take on many different roles. It's not surprising to me that Hibbs Hall is frustrated that it is no longer front and center in VCU's lineup." Commenting on the building's age, Malrire noted that it had passed inspections with flying colors. "Notwithstanding its age, this building has a lot to contribute to the right team."
"I understand how frustrating this has been for Hibbs Hall," said VCU President Michael Rao. "With the expansion of the VCU Student Commons, the new Shafer Court Dining Center, the VCU Book Store on Broad Street, and the Academic Learning Commons, it's true that Hibbs Hall has been spending more time on the bench lately. We thank Hibbs Hall for all it has contributed to VCU over the years. VCU's unique style would not be what it is today without the contributions of Hibbs Hall."
At the time of this writing it is unclear what Hibbs Hall's plans for the future are, but if the building transfers to another NCAA school, it would have to sit out for at least one year. Hibbs Hall has denied rumors that it plans to transfer to the University of Texas at Austin.