Virginia Tech is planning to begin construction in November of 2021 on the $85 million Hitt Hall in Blacksburg. The 100,000-sf facility will enhance collaboration between the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and the College of Engineering by providing an expanded physical presence for the Myers-Lawson School of Construction. Accelerating the development and deployment of new building technologies, the structure will feature the two-story Innovation Lab where students can work on large-scale projects, with the surrounding Innovation Plaza offering additional capacity for outdoor instruction and demonstrations. The facility will include flexible general-assignment classrooms, open collaboration areas, two terraces, and a 600-seat dining hall with nine distinct venues. The development will also support Virginia Tech's master plan for the North Academic District by installing a critical section of a pathway that will link the entire campus.
Slated to attain a minimum of LEED Silver sustainable design certification, Hitt Hall will incorporate a sophisticated HVAC system, a robust building envelope, and highly efficient plumbing fixtures. The project team includes architectural and engineering firm Cooper Carry and construction manager W. M. Jordan Company. Completion is expected in spring of 2024.