The VCU Rice Rivers Center on historic Route 5 in Charles City County is available as a river-front venue for classes, academic meetings, and other professional, agency, or NGO events that are consistent with VCU’s mission. We will consider requests from groups outside of the university community but please do not submit requests for social or private events such as weddings, receptions, and parties. Our conference room can accommodate up to 50 persons, supports AV presentations, and has Wi-Fi. There is a small food preparation area in the building, but typically food is catered and brought on-site. We can provide the names of several providers that are familiar with the facility. In addition to the conference room, there are two adjacent wetlabs (each with a 16-person capacity), that may be reserved.
The Inger Rice Lodge opened in June 2017 as a residential facility that can accommodate up to 22 overnight guests in bunk beds. The Lodge has a living area, a full kitchen, and a large screened porch and is designed as a day-use or residential venue for meetings, symposia, and professional retreats. The Lodge is a short walk from the conference room.
Hours: The center’s conference and lodge facilities, including patios and grounds, are available for day use Mondays through Fridays, between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm and, by arrangement, during evening hours. The center is generally closed weekends but we will consider requests for Saturday or Sunday events.
Cost: The rental cost for weekday uses of the conference facility is $300 per day; an additional fee for evening use may be assessed. Rental cost for weekend users is $350 per day. Overnight users of the Inger Rice Lodge will be charged $15 per bed per night; linen service may be arranged for an additional cost. Users will be invoiced after the event and payment may be made by journal voucher (VCU units), credit card or check.
User agreement: To rent these facilities, users must complete the online registration form below and agree to site use policies.
Facilities will be reserved on a first-come basis, with priority given to uses related to VCU’s academic mission. We regret that not all requests can be accommodated. Please submit your request using the online form below:
Prior to leaving the Center, it is your responsibility to remove all food and beverages, place waste in the appropriate containers onsite (recycle or trash), return furniture to its original configuration, and turn off AV equipment. Please leave the space as you found it to avoid the assessment of additional costs for cleaning or repair. Failure to leave the property on or before 4 p.m. will result in additional costs to cover staff overtime.
Please remain in the vicinity of buildings, paths, lawns, and other maintained spaces. VCU assumes no responsibility for unauthorized access to other parts of the property, and all guests should be aware of minor (ticks, chiggers) and not-so-minor (snakes and deep water) risks associated with a walk into the woods or along the river. Please do not disturb the natural environment (plants or animals) or remove anything from the property. Please follow Leave No Trace principles (www.lnt.org) while a guest of the center.
We are an academic field station for researchers, instructors, students, and scientific collaborators who may be conducting research or educational activities while your group is on-site.
Per university policy, alcoholic beverages may be served only if a VCU police officer is present at the event. We can facilitate those arrangements but please note that there will be an additional charge for the officer’s time. Also per university policy, the possession or discharge of firearms on VCU property for any reason is strictly prohibited.
Please watch for fast-moving vehicles when entering and exiting our property at the Route 5 entrance and avoid areas designated for construction or state vehicles. Please “STOP!” for cyclists as you approach the Capital City Bike Trail, which crosses our road at the front gate, and do not exceed 15 mph on our roads.