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Virginia Tech reports high volume of construction upgrades and additions at its Blacksburg campus

Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus has been experiencing a high volume of upgrades and additions to meet the needs of an evolving campus community, Rosie Cicmanec reports on the campus’s news site.

These projects prepare the physical campus for the future and champion the university’s strategic plan using priorities from the Campus Master Plan.

“The Division of Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities’ campus planning and capital financing team has been at work to help realize numerous projects and coordinate all phases from initiation through completion and close-out,” she wrote in the story published on Sept. 13. “The projects highlighted below are visible manifestations of the summer progress made to boost academic, residential, and learning offerings for the entire Virginia Tech community.”

Here is an outline of some projects under construction:

Hitt Hall and new dining facility

Construction efforts continue to provide an expanded physical presence for the College of Engineering as well as add critical dining and academic spaces. The project will also feature a 600-seat full-service multivenue dining facility on two floors of the building’s west wing.
Exterior work such as Hokie Stone installation and glazing is ongoing while exterior precast panel installation has been completed.

Additional efforts to install MEP in-wall and overhead rough-in, air barriers, and interior walls are also underway.

Construction is expected to be complete in spring 2024.

Undergraduate Science Laboratory Building

When completed, this building will house 26 wet, dry, and specialty laboratories designed to be flexible and adaptable to current and future instructional needs for the College of Science, College of Engineering, College of Natural Resources and Environment, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Construction continues with the installation of an air barrier system and rooftop heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment on the building’s exterior.
In the interior, spray-on fireproofing is completed, wall framing is installed, as well as rough-ins for the plumbing and electrical systems.

Construction is expected to be complete in summer 2024.

Student Wellness Improvements

A full renovation of War Memorial Hall is ongoing to support enhanced health and wellness offerings. Upon completion, War Memorial Hall will house Recreational Sports, School of Education faculty offices, and research and office space for the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise.

Framing installation, roughing in mechanical, electrical, and plumbing, and elevator work is happening at the project site.

Construction is expected to be complete in summer 2024.

Life, health, safety, accessibility, and code compliance

Construction continues to develop an accessible route through the North Academic District that includes Bishop-Favrao Hall, Derring Hall, Cowgill Hall, Johnston Student Center, and Hitt Hall.

Foundation work and underground utility work is ongoing.

Priority 1

Two new structures — Tower A and Tower B, which include double elevator banks with two stops each, glass lobbies, and connecting platforms — are among project features that will enhance accessibility, mobility, and safety in the region.
Tower A has extended up to the second level to meet the Derring Plaza.

Priority 2

Implementation of an American with Disabilities Act-compliant pathway in the North Academic District

Presented in a combined design preview and review at the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors’ Buildings and Grounds Committee session in August, the pedestrian pathway will offer a new route for campus visitors traversing from the Perry Street Garage and Multi-Modal Transit Facility to the Drillfield.

Priority 2 is currently in design.

Both Priorities 1 and 2 are set to be complete in 2024, with the elevator towers targeting completion in spring and the pathway in fall.


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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