Washington Construction News staff writer
Virginia Tech says it will delay the opening of its $1 billion Innovation Campus in the Potomac Yard neighbourhood because of “construction supply chain issues”.
Whiting-Turner is the general contractor.
The project’s first academic building will open in January, 2025 rather than in August for the fall semester, Washington Business Journal has reported.
“Our vision remains unchanged,” Virginia Tech Innovation Campus Executive Director Lance Collins said in a statement. “We are building a community perfectly positioned to connect talented students with Northern Virginia’s growing tech ecosystem.”
The first of three buildings under construction has 300,000 sq. ft. structure and will rise 11 stories. Two additional buildings, each about 150,000 sq. ft. on the 3.5 acre site are in the planning stages. The site will also host startup and corporate offices, retain, and student and faculty housing.
The graduate institution is expected to serve as a talent pipeline for the anticipated 12,500-employee Amazon HQ2. It will focus on engineering and data science/analytics among other programs.
Other projects planned for Potomac Yard include a $2 billion entertainment district, a 93,000 sq. ft. Inova healthcare facility, and a 37,000 sq. ft. mixed use residential project by Stonebridge, Biznow reports.