Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Williams Hall

Blacksburg, Virginia

  • FIRM

    MMM Design Group


    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

  • AREA

    46,000 sq.ft.





In 2003, Williams Hall became the home of the Virginia Tech psychology department. The 52-year-old academic building formerly housed the university’s English department and required significant updates to meet the functional needs of the new tenant. Virginia Tech appointed the architect to design the renovation.

The final design created a vibrant, stimulating, ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY350COST PER SQ FT$87.00FEATURED IN2005 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation environment and satisfied the requirements for general assignment classroom space, staff work areas and research laboratories.

The renovation began with a comprehensive building condition assessment and a review of existing documentation. The needs assessment included a series of interviews with university representatives and user groups. A space program and conceptual floor plans were developed through preliminary work sessions, a charette and follow-up meetings with key stakeholders.

A significant challenge of the renovation was the building’s lack of natural light. The design resolved this issue by incorporating windows within the interior walls. These windows enable outside light to filter into classrooms and offices, illuminating the interior space and creating visual connections to the campus.