Virginia Tech broke ground in fall of 2021 on the first academic building on its Innovation Campus in Alexandria. Designed by SmithGroup, the 300,000-gsf facility will offer experiential learning environments, maker spaces, flexible multipurpose areas, faculty offices, and research and testing labs for the school's graduate programs in computer science and engineering. Centered on the principles of sustainability, accessibility, connectivity, and flexibility, the high-performance structure will consume no fossil fuels except where required by building codes. Primary heating and cooling equipment will be modular to enable installation in phases to match the load. Illuminated by abundant natural light, the facility will feature a sophisticated photovoltaic façade that will mitigate solar heat gain and glare to maximize occupant comfort. Completion is expected in fall of 2024.
Sasaki provided master planning services for the $1 billion Innovation Campus, which is being developed by JBG Smith. The 3.5-acre site will eventually accommodate two additional academic buildings offering approximately 150,000 sf each.