Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, College of Architecture Addition, Burchard Hall

Blacksburg, Virginia

  • FIRM

    Shriver and Holland Associates


    Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

  • AREA

    42,280 sq.ft.





The design of Burchard Hall, the college of architecture addition, responds to programmatic requirements, including the desire for large, open, flexible studio spaces with natural light; street access to shop areas and the preservation of the existing Cowgill Plaza campus space as an important urban node.

Displacing 42,280 square feet, the addition was developed as ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMSkidmore Owings & Merrill CAPACITY594COST PER SQ FT$163.83FEATURED IN1999 Architectural Portfolio two-level, cast-in-place concrete structure supporting a renovated Cowgill Plaza. The project design solution includes a lower level, accommodating a 120- by 120-foot ceiling studio space served by four pyramid skylights, classroom/seminar spaces, and other studio activity support spaces. An upper mezzanine level overlooks the studio and links faculty offices, industrial design shops and other spaces with Cowgill Hall ground- floor activities.

The sustainable design also includes 41,500 square feet of redeveloped exterior public plaza space defined by existing buildings on all sides and the preservation of existing campus oak trees. Precast concrete, simulating campus limestone, integrates mechanical ventilation systems and glassblock skylights with plaza seating elements.

Photographer: ©Prakash Patel