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Construction supply chain challenges to delay $1 billion Virginia Tech Potomac Yard Innovation Campus

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.

virginia tech innovation“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.

Mark Buckshon
Mark Buckshonhttps://washingtonconstructionnews.com
Mark Buckshon is the publisher and interim editor of Washington Construction News. He is also president of the Construction News and Report Group of Companies. He combines a journalism and business background, and has published construction trade publications for more than 30 years, after an earlier career in journalism, which culminated when he lived through the transition from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe in 1978-80 as a sub-editor for the Bulawayo Chronicle and a correspondent for a Canadian news service.

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