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virginia technology logoA new Classroom Building partner facility on Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus will soon be under construction.

the Undergraduate Science Lab Building will provide an essential teaching lab and general purpose classroom space to support Virginia Tech’s growing enrollment and its Beyond Boundaries vision.

Detailed in the university file campus master planthe approximately 102,000 gross square foot building will be located on the current site of the 1 Perry Street parking lot. As the latest addition to the North University District – which includes the Classrooms Building, Hitt Hall, Blacksburg Transit Multimodal Transit Facilityand Data and Decision Science Building — The undergraduate science lab building will further enhance spaces for collaboration and innovation through thoughtful design and landscaping.

“The construction of the Undergraduate Science Lab Building is an exciting new phase in realizing Virginia Tech’s vision for the North University District,” said Chris Kiwus, interim senior vice president and chief commercial officer. “This is only possible through intentional coordination with our academic partners.”

The four-story facility will house 26 wet, dry, and specialty labs designed to be flexible and adaptable to the current and future educational needs of the College of Science, College of Engineering, College of Natural Resources and Environment, and College of agriculture and life. Sciences. Graduate teaching assistant workspaces, classrooms, collaboration spaces, offices, informal study areas, and 24/7 student space will also be integrated.

The first floor will feature the Discovery Suite, a wet and dry lab-making space that was envisioned by an interdisciplinary team of faculty members with input from students. “The Discovery Suite will promote experiential learning by providing space and equipment for student-led science projects in the classroom or in partnership with industry,” said Jill Sible, Associate Vice-Rector for Undergraduate Education.

“Over the past 15 years, we have seen the number of undergraduate students enrolled in science, technology, engineering, math, and health sciences majors at Virginia Tech increase by approximately 60 percent, from more than 8 000 students to nearly 13,000. As we continue to increase undergraduate student enrollment in line with our academic strategic priorities, having the right, top-notch infrastructure for students is essential. welcome,” said Van Coble, associate vice-rector for university spaces.

Completion of the undergraduate science lab building will provide enough appropriate teaching space for STEM programs to accommodate future renovations to existing facilities – including Robeson and Derring Halls – envisioned in Virginia’s long term. Tech. investment plan.

In partnership with the Division of Campus Planning, Infrastructure and Facilities, the undergraduate science lab building was designed by ZGF and will be built by Skanska as director of construction at risk.

The new facility will be influenced by a Collegiate Gothic expression and developed with a palette of materials consistent with campus design principles and buildings on the Blacksburg campus, including signature Hokie Stone with precast concrete. Accessible gathering space will be included outside the building.

Consistent with all new construction at Virginia Tech, the undergraduate science lab building will incorporate universal design principles where applicable and will meet or exceed LEED Silver certification for sustainable design.

Construction of the undergraduate science lab building is expected to mobilize in April and has a target completion date of fall 2024.