Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, New Engineering Building

Blacksburg, Virginia

  • FIRM

    Shriver and Holland Associates


    Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

  • AREA

    108,650 sq.ft.





This new 108,000-square-foot college of engineering building is located at a highly visible intersection on campus. Its articulated modern expression, incorporating traditional campus materials, provides a progressive image. The design scheme is linear, defining the northern edge of the campus with an important cross-axis of pedestrian circulation. Students and faculty ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMSkidmore Owings & MerrillCAPACITY1,200COST PER SQ FT$119.42FEATURED IN1999 Architectural Portfolio walk through the building’s central atrium to other parts of the campus. It also includes a bridge to the adjacent Whittemore Hall, which houses other engineering departments.

The building houses technologically sophisticated offices and engineering laboratories, a multimedia lecture hall and faculty offices. Specialized building equipment includes a two-ton bridge crane in the modal analysis lab, where items such as jet aircraft engines are vibration-tested, and anechoic/reverberant sound chambers are located. Civil-engineering laboratories include environmentally controlled lab chambers, conventional laboratory equipment, casework and fume hoods.

Particular emphasis was placed on providing offices with views to the Blue Ridge Mountains. The central atrium provides added interior daylighting, as well as architectural distinction.

Photographer: ©Prakash Patel