Virginia Tech is planning to break ground in 2021 on the first academic building on its Innovation Campus in Alexandria. Designed by SmithGroup, the 300,000-sf facility will offer experiential learning environments, maker spaces, flexible multipurpose venues, and research and testing labs for the school's graduate programs in computer science and engineering. The sustainably designed structure will feature a façade with integrated photovoltaic panels, a rooftop solar array, and geothermal and sewage water energy exchange technologies. Illuminated by abundant natural light, the design will mitigate solar heat gain and glare to maximize occupant comfort. Completion is expected in fall of 2024.
The first phase of the $1 billion Innovation Campus will include three facilities sited on approximately four acres, with six additional buildings providing office, residential, and ground-level retail space. The development is strategically sited near Amazon's new National Landing headquarters.