During the two-year construction, the ICA team will take up residence in the VCU Real Estate Foundation-owned former Ramekins restaurant space on Broad Street, next to the gorgeous, new VCUarts Depot building and just a half-block west of the ICA. We’ll be able to keep tabs on construction and host some small events.

To help transform the temporary space ICA Director Lisa Freiman tapped a number of community members for their input, including Sally Schwitters from Tricycle Gardens, Patrick Farley of Watershed Architects, Greg Riggs from Field of Dreams Farm, Julie and Paul Weissend of Dovetail Construction, Peter Fraser of Fraser Design, John Haddad of Slow Food RVA, Ronni McCord of Walter Parks ArchitectsMitzi Lee of VCU Real Estate Services, VCUarts Project Manager Dinkus Deane and VCU student Josh Son. Some of the ideas tossed around include a vertical garden, courtyard entertaining space and modular ICA exhibition inside. Here are some shots from the initial brainstorming and walk-thru. As you can see, we have our work cut out for us.

A special thanks to the VCU Real Estate Foundation for use of the Ramekins space and for their continuing support of the ICA.