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Virginia Tech's Indoor Practice Facility wins national award for design-build approach

August 10, 2016

Virginia Tech's indoor practice facility
Construction on the Indoor Practice Facility was completed in 2015.

Virginia Tech’s Indoor Practice Facility has again been recognized for excellence in utilizing the design-build approach for construction projects.

The facility has received a 2016 Design-Build Project/Team Award from the Design-Build Institute of America, which recognizes outstanding collaboration and integration of design-build in 10 categories of construction. To be considered for the national award, construction projects must have successfully achieved their quality, cost, and schedule goals.

Design-build is a growing approach in the construction industry where both the design and the construction services are provided by a single contractor.

In its announcement of the award, the Design-Build Institute of America called the Indoor Practice Facility an instrumental asset that expands Virginia Tech’s core brand while supporting the university’s mission, spirit, and philosophy.

In June, the facility was honored with three awards from the Design-Build Institute of America’s Mid-Atlantic Region, making it eligible for consideration in this national competition.

The facility is one the largest of its kind in the nation at 92,000 square feet. It is 210 feet wide and 400 feet long and has a synthetic turf that is fast, firm, and dense. It possesses all of the features befitting a nationally ranked football program, while also being flexible enough to be used by certain Olympic sports. Other sports, such as softball, baseball, lacrosse, and men’s and women’s soccer, also use the building for training and conditioning.

The exterior of the building sports maroon trim and Hokie Stone on the base of each support column, where the university’s core values – brotherhood, honor, leadership, sacrifice, service, loyalty, duty, and Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) – have been etched.

The $21.3 million facility was designed by HKS Architects + Entertainment and built by W.M. Jordan Company – a firm whose president and CEO is John R. Lawson II, a 1975 graduate of Virginia Tech. It was finished in the summer of 2015.

Learn more about the Indoor Practice Facility.

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