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Graduate Richmond Hotel

The Graduate Richmond Hotel is located in Richmond, VA, adjacent to the Virginia Commonwealth University campus. The Graduate Hotel brand is an expanding portfolio of boutique hotels in University towns across the country. Each hotel is unique to the town’s local culture and campus to which it is located. This construction project was a complete hotel renovation of both the interior and exterior of a 16-story building over the duration of 10 months.



  • Category: Hospitality
  • Location: Richmond, VA
  • Owner: AJ Capital Partners
  • Architect: NBJ Architecture
  • Contract Value: $13.1 Million
  • Duration: 10 Months


  • Completed a full renovation of the interior and exterior of the 16-story, 189,000 square-foot building
  • Renovated 205 guestrooms, all meeting rooms, fitness room, full lobby, and all public restrooms
  • Refinished the building’s exterior with an Exterior Insulation and Finishing System, in addition to paint
  • Replaced roofing system
  • Constructed new rooftop bar, patio, and pool
  • Upgraded the primary mechanical systems
  • Replaced all the windows and storefronts
  • Constructed a new commercial kitchen
  • Created a bar and food service area in the lobby
Pre-existing building exterior before renovation
Pre-existing Exterior of the Property

Exterior of property before the construction. Windows abated, openings were boarded.

Exterior view of the Graduate Richmond
Finished Exterior

Applied Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS) on the exterior of the building, in addition to power washing and coating the brick.

Original pool deck before renovation
Original Pool Deck

Demolished the original pool deck, plaster, and coping.

Completed pool deck resize
Completed Pool Deck

Installed waterproofing membrane on the new pool and updated pool deck.

Existing rooftop resize
Existing Rooftop

The rooftop was unutilized space prior to construction.

Completed rooftop bar
Completed Rooftop Bar

Created a steel platform frame on top of the roof then installed a paver system over the structural tubes.

NEWH DC Chapter,
Gold Maven Sponsor
AGC of America
Allied Member SM Seal
International Hospitality Institute