Commonwealth Ballroom closes for renovations

Commonwealth Ballroom in Squires Student Center

Commonwealth Ballroom in Squires Student Center
Commonwealth Ballroom hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including the Cultural and Community Centers’ annual Community Kickoff pictured. Photo by Christina Franusich.

From: Student Affairs

Since it was added to Squires Student Center in the late 1960s, Commonwealth Ballroom has been the choice venue for conferences, career fairs, performances, banquets, speakers, special events, games, commencement ceremonies, and Ring Dances.

The 15,000-square-foot Commonwealth Ballroom is a vital space in Squires Student Center. Managed by Student  Engagement and Campus Life, the ballroom is used by the entire campus and the extended university community.

Beginning this October, Commonwealth Ballroom will be closed for much needed renovations. The construction phase of the project is expected to take five months, with the newly renovated ballroom open in March 2019.

According to Eric Margiotta, associate director for Student Engagement and Campus Life, the reasoning behind the upgrade was simple. “We decided to move forward due to the deterioration of the elements in the space and we wanted to modernize the facility to meet the needs of today’s students,” Margiotta said.

Timing was also a factor. Commonwealth Ballroom is in use about 300 days each year, with many events happening at the beginning and end of the academic year. “The biggest driver for this particular project is schedule. The community needs this space back online. Reducing downtime reduces the loss to the campus,” Margiotta said.

The renovation includes not only visual design upgrades, but also elements that align with the sustainability and inclusion efforts of the university. That means an ADA accessible stage and more efficient, green lighting. The budget for the project totals $3.2 million.

@VTCampusLife social media will have updates on the progress of the renovation. Contact campuslife@vt.edu for more information.