Virginia Tech is planning to break ground in spring of 2024 on a $292 million engineering building located in the North Academic District in Blacksburg. Replacing an existing structure, Mitchell Hall will act as a centralized hub for several departments including mechanical, chemical, aerospace, and ocean engineering. The five-story, 285,500-gsf development was designed by Perkins&Will to foster experiential learning with student collaboration spaces on every level. Housing the Frith First-Year Maker Space, the highly flexible and adaptable facility will include research labs, classrooms, machine shops, and an arena-style lecture hall accommodating 200 occupants. The Stability Wind Tunnel will be incorporated into the building, which will also offer studios, team rooms, faculty offices, graduate student workspaces, and an academic advising center. An outdoor plaza will be accompanied by an ADA-accessible pathway for enhanced campus connectivity.
Skanska is the construction manager at risk for the sustainably designed project, which is slated to achieve a minimum of LEED Silver certification. Completion is expected in late 2027.