Virginia Tech began construction in April of 2019 on the $105 million Living Learning Community in Blacksburg, Va. Part of the planned Creativity + Innovation District, the mixed-use residential complex will provide multipurpose teaching and learning spaces on the ground floor, including teaching studios, seminar rooms, a performance hall, practice rooms, maker spaces, and shops for working with wood, metal, and paint. The upper stories of the three-wing complex will offer 596 student beds and apartments for faculty and visiting academics. Featuring over 30,000 sf of public space for research, performance, and the arts, the collaborative development will house three living-learning communities including Innovate, Studio 72, and an architecture and urban studies group. VMDO designed the project, which is slated for completion in June of 2021. Virginia Tech's Creativity and Innovation District is envisioned as an interdisciplinary hub promoting entrepreneurial synergies at the intersection of design, technology, and the visual and performing arts.