Hitt Hall Dining Facility and School of Construction at Virginia Tech
Hitt Hall at Virginia Tech is a new 101,000-square-foot (SF) facility that houses the Provost’s classrooms, Myers-Lawson School of Construction, and a new Dining Hall. The project features over 20,000 SF of general instruction with a 160-person classroom, a 120-person classroom, and an 81-person TEAL (Technology Enhanced Active Learning) classroom, in addition to multiple seminar rooms, meeting rooms, and student spaces.
The Cooper Carry design team helped Virginia Tech program the spaces and update their outdated technology standards to ensure the classrooms are equipped with the latest technological advances that seamlessly integrate into the current campus IT standards. This included raised-access-flooring for managing cables in large classrooms and multiple technology options assist in various teaching pedagogies.
The 33,000 SF component dedicated to the Myers-Lawson School of Construction will allow the college to double enrollment in the program. It features a high-bay innovation lab for building construction mock-ups, a 100-student flexible classroom, three integrated design studios (Technology Enhanced Active Learning Environments), student meeting spaces, technology-enhanced classrooms, conferencing suites, and administrative suites.
The project also includes a 30,000 SF dining facility to provide much-needed relief to the over-utilized, award-winning campus dining facilities. It features two chain restaurants, a diner, a smokehouse concept, a café, a convenience store, as well as four other concepts, a centralized kitchen, and seating for over 700 students. The brands for each of these outlets were designed by Cooper Carry's Branding team, with the Experiential Graphic Design and Interior Design team rounding out the experience for each.
The project required significant site coordination to tie into existing campus utilities, providing firefighters access to the campus precinct, and flood plain management.
This project, expected to be completed in 2024, is targeting LEED-NC Silver certification.
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Hitt Hall Design & Funding Approved Unanimously by Virginia Tech Board of Visitors