Vision 2039, Superintendent J.H. Binford Peay’s vision for VMI, defines a leadership development program within a framework of military discipline that emphasizes qualities of honor, integrity and responsibility. Marshall Hall, the Center for Leadership and Ethics offers an opportunity to integrate this framework with cadet experiences and extend the Institute’s mission to national recognition. It includes a 500-seat Auditorium, several breakout Meeting Rooms for symposia and conference, a multi-purpose Assembly hall to accommodate up to 800 persons in a banquet setting, and administrative space for the program’s director and staff.

This building is 42,434 GSF with 2 levels of assembly space and offices, as well as a partial basement level for service and mechanical needs. This building is freestanding and surrounded by designated open space.

The CLE occupies open space behind Smith Hall and the Marshall Library and is generally consistent with the May 2005 Post Facilities master Plan Update. Adjusting the CLE location slightly from the Master Plan has improved the relationship of the building to the Parade Ground and adjacent buildings and has eliminated the risks of building on potentially unstable fill slopes. The refinement of the site plan offers an opportunity for a landscaped courtyard with the potential to incorporate a Citizen-Soldier memorial.

Vision 2039, Superintendent J.H. Binford Peay’s vision for VMI, defines a leadership development program within a framework of military discipline that emphasizes qualities of honor, integrity and responsibility. Marshall Hall, the Center for Leadership and Ethics offers an opportunity to integrate this framework with cadet experiences and extend the Institute’s mission to national recognition. It includes a 500-seat Auditorium, several breakout Meeting Rooms for symposia and conference, a multi-purpose Assembly hall to accommodate up to 800 persons in a banquet setting, and administrative space for the program’s director and staff.

This building is 42,434 GSF with 2 levels of assembly space and offices, as well as a partial basement level for service and mechanical needs. This building is freestanding and surrounded by designated open space.

The CLE occupies open space behind Smith Hall and the Marshall Library and is generally consistent with the May 2005 Post Facilities master Plan Update. Adjusting the CLE location slightly from the Master Plan has improved the relationship of the building to the Parade Ground and adjacent buildings and has eliminated the risks of building on potentially unstable fill slopes. The refinement of the site plan offers an opportunity for a landscaped courtyard with the potential to incorporate a Citizen-Soldier memorial.

Marshall Hall, the Center for Leadership and Ethics offers an opportunity to integrate this framework with cadet experiences and extend the Institute’s mission to national recognition. It includes a 500-seat Auditorium, several breakout Meeting Rooms for symposia and conference, a multi-purpose Assembly hall to accommodate up to 800 persons in a banquet setting, and administrative space for the program’s director and staff.
Marshall Hall, the Center for Leadership and Ethics offers an opportunity to integrate this framework with cadet experiences and extend the Institute’s mission to national recognition. It includes a 500-seat Auditorium, several breakout Meeting Rooms for symposia and conference, a multi-purpose Assembly hall to accommodate up to 800 persons in a banquet setting, and administrative space for the program’s director and staff.

The Center for Leadership and Ethics occupies space near the historic VMI Post. Accordingly, the project is compatible with the unique VMI interpretation of the military gothic style initiated by Alexander Jackson Davis and restated by Bertram Goodhue. The CLE is adjacent to the Washington & Lee University campus and is therefore architecturally respectful to its neighbor.

The CLE provides new facilities for conferences and symposia, a new venue for Post events and a new home for the VMI Drama Club. Most importantly, the Center for Leadership and Ethics creates a new place for incubating the lasting values of VMI to its cadets on a daily basis.

The Center for Leadership and Ethics occupies space near the historic VMI Post. Accordingly, the project is compatible with the unique VMI interpretation of the military gothic style initiated by Alexander Jackson Davis and restated by Bertram Goodhue. The CLE is adjacent to the Washington & Lee University campus and is therefore architecturally respectful to its neighbor.

The CLE provides new facilities for conferences and symposia, a new venue for Post events and a new home for the VMI Drama Club. Most importantly, the Center for Leadership and Ethics creates a new place for incubating the lasting values of VMI to its cadets on a daily basis.

Marshall Hall, the Center for Leadership and Ethics offers an opportunity to integrate this framework with cadet experiences and extend the Institute’s mission to national recognition. It includes a 500-seat Auditorium, several breakout Meeting Rooms for symposia and conference, a multi-purpose Assembly hall to accommodate up to 800 persons in a banquet setting, and administrative space for the program’s director and staff.

“VMDO’s services are more comprehensive than any other architect I have worked with. They are willing to delve into issues as part of their base contract that other firms may regard as reason for additional fees. As an owner’s representative, I could not be happier with how VMDO has responded to the client’s needs.”

– Turner Perrow, PE President, Perrow Consulting Services, LLC
Marshall Hall, the Center for Leadership and Ethics offers an opportunity to integrate this framework with cadet experiences and extend the Institute’s mission to national recognition. It includes a 500-seat Auditorium, several breakout Meeting Rooms for symposia and conference, a multi-purpose Assembly hall to accommodate up to 800 persons in a banquet setting, and administrative space for the program’s director and staff.

Client: Virginia Military Institute

Location: Lexington, VA

Discipline: Student Life

Completion: 2008

Size: 42,434 SF New Construction