In 2006 B&D was retained by Virginia State University to complete a convocation center feasibility study, since it had identified a need for a multipurpose venue to serve its academic, cultural, athletic, and entertainment needs. At the time, the university had limited indoor facilities and its largest indoor space, the gym, already served many constituents. Several scenarios were considered, but we ultimately recommended the university explore partnership opportunities with the surrounding cities, counties and the state, since the ability to build this facility and cover operational costs would depend on support the university could garner from the community. We demonstrated how operational costs and debt payment could be covered with additional funding from the state and community partners. We also completed an economic impact analysis to quantify the economic and fiscal benefits to be generated by the construction of a convocation center, ongoing operations, and visitor spending. In 2008 the state approved the project and we were retained once again to assist in the development of a detailed program of architectural requirements for a multipurpose center. We also assisted the university with architectural selection for design services, helped develop an RFP for the selection process, and guided the negotiation process with the selected firm. We were then retained to serve as the owner’s representative and primary interface during the project’s pre-planning phase. The convocation center is expected to open in 2015.