Renovation and construction season begins in earnest
May 21, 2015
More than 300 construction, maintenance, and renovation projects with an estimated cost of $10 million are set to take place this summer on the Virginia Tech campus.
The result will be an enhanced teaching, learning, living, and research environment for faculty and students when they return — or arrive — for the fall semester.
Major projects this summer include:
Drillfield Drive between Stanger and Kent streets will be turned into a two-way road this summer. Crews will transform the traffic islands at Stanger and Kent streets, paint traffic stripes, install signage, and add other safety improvements. In addition, repairs to the exterior of Torgersen Bridge will be take place during this project. Work should be completed by the start of the fall semester.
Hillcrest Hall renovation
The residence hall will undergo $1.2 million in renovations including new windows, fire alarm upgrades, new flooring, and improved offices.
McBryde Hall 100 Auditorium
The auditorium is being renovated with new seats, better acoustics and technology, and a new heating and air conditioning system. Renovations are expected to cost $2.2 million.
The library will have several projects this summer including classroom renovations and construction of new offices.
The Soil Laboratory and two classrooms will be renovated and the building’s roof will be replaced.
Pritchard Hall renovation
The $2.3 million renovation will include a new elevator, new flooring, upgraded lounge space, and construction of a learning lab.
Whittemore Hall renovation
A computer lab will be renovated with a new floor, lights, and other improvements. In addition, restrooms on three floors will be renovated.
Classrooms in Cheatam, Engel, Hancock, Pamplin, and Price halls will be improved. Other buildings will see work such as fire alarm upgrades, new roofs and doors, painting, and new heating and air conditioning systems.
Also, work will continue on several ongoing projects including the classroom building, the indoor athletic training facility, and the Corps of Cadets’ Pearson Hall.
Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.