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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.