Skanska, Virginia Tech Constructing New Facilities
Skanska USA Building Inc. has announced that it is currently providing construction services for three separate buildings on Virginia Tech’s campus in Blacksburg, VA. Individual projects include the Institute for Critical Technologies & Applied Science (ICTAS) Phase II, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) Facility Addition and the Academic & Student Affairs Building.
ICTAS Phase II, a three-story, 43,000-gross-square-foot research facility, will include highly specialized research labs for applied and fundamental research in bioengineering, biomaterials and bio-nanotechnology. Additionally, this $24-million facility will support communications and sensor technologies, and consist of support spaces, offices and associated areas.
An addition to the Bioinformatics Phase II facility, VBI is 50,000 square feet and will accommodate the Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory and Cyber Infrastructure Group. This will add private and open office space for faculty, researchers, research associates, and support personnel. The new $20-million facility will also provide additional conference, meeting and assembly space of varying sizes for all VBI research groups.
Four stories in height, the Academic and Student Affairs Building is a 60,000-square-foot facility that will include a major dining area, classrooms and administrative office space for the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities. Additionally, small-group student work spaces will be incorporated into the building design. Construction is scheduled to start in the summer of 2010, and the $29-million building is intended to qualify for LEED® Silver certification.