Virginia Tech campus


Virginia Tech campus

to the south, although it also has several thousand acres beyond the central campus. The Virginia Tech campus totals about 2,600 acres.

The university also has several commonwealth branch campus centers: Hampton Roads (Virginia Beach), National Capital Region (Falls Church - Alexandria, Virginia), Richmond, Roanoke, and the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon. The university also owns the Center for European Studies and Architecture in Ticino, Switzerland [http://www.oired.vt.edu/cesa/] .

Academic buildings

Cowgill Hall

Cowgill Hall, located on Turner Street, is the home of Virginia Tech's School of Architecture and Urban Studies. It was named for Clinton Cowgill, who retired in 1956 after 28 years as the architecture department head. [http://www.unirel.vt.edu/buildings/bldg.php?name=Cowgill+Hall]

Adjacent to Cowgill Hall are what appear to be concrete walkways, but are actually a roof to a lower part of another building - Burchard Hall. Underneath are workshops and drawing boards for students majoring in architecture or Industrial Design. The glass pyramids are actually skylights.

In 2006, Cowgill Hall was named the winner of the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects Test of Time Award. This award is presented annually to a building that has served the same function for at least 25 years. [cite web|url=http://www.roanoke.com/news/nrv/wb/66742|work=Virginia Tech's Cowgill Hall receives architectural award|title=Virginia Tech's Cowgill Hall receives architectural award|publisher=Roanoke Times|first=Andrew|last=Lent|accessdate=June 4|accessyear=2006] [ [http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/story.php?relyear=2006&itemno=256 News Story | Virginia Tech News | Virginia Tech ] ]

Durham Hall

Durham Hall, a $16 million project, [ [http://www.cdcd.vt.edu/PJD/Const.Status/projects/newengrbldg.project.html Virginia Tech Campus Construction ] ] opened in 1998 and was called "New Engineering Building", or "The NEB", until 2001. It was named in honor of Fred D. Durham, co-founder of the Dover Corporation, a Fortune 500 manufacturing company located in New York City. [http://www.unirel.vt.edu/buildings/bldg.php?name=Durham+Hall]

Norris Hall

Norris Hall is a four story (1 floor below grade) Hokie Stone academic building located between Burruss and Holden Halls. cite web
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Norris Hall was also the location of the second shooting attack during the Virginia Tech massacre on April 16, 2007. The building was the site of 31 of the 33 fatalities (including the gunman), and wounded faculty and students. The building was closed for the rest of the 2007 spring semester, and was reopened on June 18, 2007. Doors will be guarded as access will be limited to faculty, students, and university recognized guests. The second floor rooms that were attacked have been emptied and locked, but the rest of the building has been opened for office and laboratory access. Various unique laboratory equipment supporting the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics is housed in the building. [http://www.cnn.com/2007/EDUCATION/06/05/virginia.tech.ap/index.html Norris Hall] ]

On December 20, 2007 it was announced that the second floor of Norris Hall will be renovated and become home to the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention. cite web
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Ware Lab

Located on the Upper Quad of the Virginia Tech campus, the Ware Lab is housed in the Old Military Building. The facility is named after 1937 Mechanical Engineering Alumnus Joe Ware. [http://www.eng.vt.edu/warelab/about_joe%20_ware.php] As a part of the College of Engineering, the Ware Lab is home to much student-based research and design projects. Focused on a hands-on-learning environment, students are encouraged to participate in these projects as early as their freshman year. The Klages Machine Shop, equipped with various machine tools used for project manufacturing including two CNC Machines, is also located within the Ware Lab. [ [http://www.eng.vt.edu/warelab/klages.php College of Engineering ] ] The lab is home to such notable teams as the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team, Formula SAE (VT Motorsports), and the Baja SAE team. Other teams in the lab include the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Team (AUVT), Design Build Fly (DBF), and the Autonomous Aerial Vehicle Team (AAVT).

Other academic buildings

Agnew Hall, Art and Design Learning Center, Burchard Hall, Cheatham Hall, Dairy Science Complex, Davidson Hall, Derring Hall, Engel Hall, Femoyer Hall, Food Science and Technology, Fralin Biotechnology Center, Hahn Hall, Hancock Hall, Holden Hall, Hutcheson Hall, Johnston Student Center, Lane Hall, Litton Reaves Hall, Major Williams Hall, McBryde Hall, Newman Library, Pamplin Hall, Patton Hall, Performing Arts Building, Price Hall, Randolph Hall, Robeson Hall, Sandy Hall, Saunders Hall, Seitz Hall, Shanks Hall, Smyth Hall, Squires Student Center, Torgersen Hall, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Wallace Hall, Whittemore Hall, Williams Hall

Athletics buildings

Cassell Coliseum

Cassell Coliseum is a 10,052-seat multi-purpose arena in Blacksburg, Virginia. The arena opened in 1961. It is home to the Virginia Tech Hokies basketball teams (men's and women's).

Lane Stadium

Lane Stadium is the stadium for Virginia Tech's football team. It has been rated as having the "number one home field advantage" in all of college football. [ [http://www.rivals.com/content.asp?SID=1014&CID=444097 Rivals.com - No place like home ] ]

Other Athletics Facilities

Additional athletic facilities [cite web
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* Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center
* Pete Dye River Course
* English Field (baseball)
* Johnson/Miller Track Complex
* Merryman Athletic Facility
* Rector Field House
* Tech Softball Park
* Virginia Tech Lacrosse and Soccer Stadium
* War Memorial Pool

Residence halls

Ambler Johnston Hall

Ambler Johnston Hall is a large co-ed undergraduate residence hall located on Washington Street across from the Cassell Coliseum parking lot in what is known as the Summit Community. Completed in 1968, the hall is named afterAmbler Johnston, a 1904 graduate of Virginia Tech, was the co-founder of Carneal & Johnston Architects (now Ballou Justice and Upton Architects) and the first architect to use Hokie Stone.Fact|date=May 2007

The hall is divided into two wings, commonly referred to as East and West AJ on campus. West AJ was the location of the first of two attacks during the Virginia Tech Massacre on April 16, 2007, which resulted in the shooting deaths of a female resident and a male resident advisor.

Hillcrest Hall

Hillcrest Honors Community is the smallest residence hall in Virginia Tech at a student capacity of 108. Unlike the other residence halls on the campus, it is required that all of its occupants maintain a grade point average of 3.50 and it is customary that they live in the building for the first four years of their undergraduate education. Students staying for a fifth year may live off-campus but still participate in community functions such as occasional dinners, the senior toast, and Colloquium Magnum.

In addition to being a residence hall on the second and third floors, Hillcrest houses Virginia Tech's University Honors offices on the first floor and the Residence Hall Federation office in the basement. Community residents thus have the opportunity to maintain close personal relationships with the Honors staff.

Hillcrest Hall is one of very few buildings and the only residence hall at Virginia Tech not named for a person. The name is derived from its location at the crest of a hill at the east end of Virginia Tech's central Drillfield, between West Campus Drive and the Grove. It is one of the few red brick buildings on a campus known for its "Hokie Stone" architecture.

Lee Hall

Lee Hall is located on Washington Street in the Prairie Community. The building is named for Claudius Lee, a long-time faculty member.

In 1997, students in a history class found a page in the 1896 Bugle (Virginia Tech's student yearbook) claiming that Claudius Lee had been a member of the Ku Klux Klan. A panel named by then-president Paul Torgersen examined the available historical records and found no evidence of Lee's involvement with the organization beyond the entry in the yearbook. [http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/vtpubs/spectrum/sp971120/1d.html]

Lee Hall's penthouse, as the highest point in Blacksburg is home to the campus radio station, WUVT's, transmitter.

lusher Hall

The 12-story Slusher Hall is the tallest building in Blacksburg. Slusher, including a 3 story annex, Slusher Wing, is a co-ed residence hall, home to the WING, Hypatia, and MOSAIC theme housing programs.

The green adjacent to Slusher Tower and Slusher Wing has been referred to as "Slusher Beach", originating from the use of the green by students to sunbathe during warm weather.

Other Residence Halls

*Barringer Hall - One of 4 remaining all male residence halls. Located in the President's Quad and houses about 220 students.
*Brodie Hall - Home to the Corps of Cadets, located on the Upper Quad.
*Campbell Hall - The Main building is home to Honors and graduate students. East Campbell is one of 3 all-female residence halls.
*Cochrane Hall - A non-AC suite-style residence hall, connected to West End Market. Home to many first year student athletes.
*Eggleston Hall - Divided into 2 wings. The Main building is an all female residence hall. West Egg is co-ed by floor and home to mostly upperclassmen.
*Graduate Life Center at Donaldson-Brown - A former hotel and conference center. Its lowest floor is home to the graduate school's administrative offices, class rooms, meeting rooms, and a small Au Bon Pain restaurant. The remaining three floors are graduate residences.
*Harper Hall - One of the few suite-style AC residence halls on campus. Houses 256 residents. Some first year students are assigned to Harper, often as the result of allergies.
*Johnson Hall - An all-female residence hall that is home to the most restrictive visitation policy on campus. Located in the President's Quad and houses about 190 students.
*Miles Hall - An all-male residence hall that has the most restrictive visitation policy on campus. Located in the President's Quad and houses about 217 students.
*Monteith Hall - Currently houses both Civilian and Cadet residents. Located in the Upper Quad.
*New Residence Hall East - Suite-Style AC residence hall that opened in 1999 on the Prairie, former site of Miles Stadium, Lane Stadium's predecessor.

*Newman Hall - A co-ed residence hall located in the President's Quad. Co-ed by floor and home to the WORLD theme housing program.
*O'Shaughnessy Hall - A mid-sized co-ed residence hall, by floor. Houses many upperclass students.
*Payne Hall - Virginia Tech's first AC residence hall that opened in 1993. Houses returning students and transfers only.
*Peddrew-Yates Residence Hall (formerly New Residence Hall West) - Home to the RLC, a suite-style AC residence hall.
*Pritchard Hall - The 2nd largest all-male residence hall on the east coast, houses about 1,040 students, mostly freshmen.
*Rasche Hall - Located in the Upper Quad. A Cadet-Only residence hall.
*Thomas Hall - A co-ed residence hall located in the Upper Quad.
*Vawter Hall - An all-male residence hall located near Owens Hall.

Residence Hall Federation

The Residence Hall Federation (RHF) is a University Chartered Student Organization. This organization exists to serve the 9,000 on-campus residents through hall councils in each residence hall. The RHF is composed of 23 hall councils, representing the residents of each hall, and three community councils, which represent two or more halls that share a common trait. Each individual hall council receives a programming budget of $1 per resident (or $400 if there are fewer than 400 residents) from the Student Programs office and from the RHF budget.

The RHF Officer Group consists of 16 members, composing an Executive Board and a Board of Directors.

Like the Resident Advisors employed by the school, the Hall Councils produce programs that entertain and educate the residents of the buildings that they serve. These programs range from movie nights to exam study breaks. In addition, the RHF officer group also puts on campus-wide programs, under the command of the Director of Programs. Traditionally, the campus-wide programs have been Campus-Kickoff, Pizza Bonanza, and Hokies Hold'Em. The RHF also performs a number of community service projects.

Dining halls

Dietrick Dining Center

Dietrick Dining Center, or Dietrick Hall, is the largest of Virginia Tech's six dining facilities, seating 1,100 and serving on average 3,758 students daily. The building opened in 1970 at a cost of $2.8 million. [ [http://www.studentprograms.vt.edu/vtour/dietrick.php Student Programs - Virginia Tech - Virtual Tour ] ]

The main dining area, now called "D2", was known as the "Depot at Dietrick" prior to a $6.5 million renovation completed in 2004 that converted the hall from a cafeteria-style facility to one that more closely resembles a food court. [ [http://www.studentprograms.vt.edu/vtour/dietrickrenovation.php Student Programs - Virginia Tech - Virtual Tour ] ]

The building also contains the Dietrick General Store, an extension of the University Bookstore; "Deet's Place", a coffee and ice cream shop; and the Dietrick Express, a fast food à la carte facility.

Dietrick gained some infamy in 1997 when it was mentioned in a WSLS (the local NBC station) news segment on "dirty dining". In the segment, a worker in the Express was shown licking her fingers to moisten them as she tried to separate hotdog wrappers.Fact|date=April 2007

West End Market

West End Market opened in 1999 as Virginia Tech's second major food court dining facility. Adjoined to Cochrane Hall, this facility was known as Cochrane Dining Hall until it closed in 1997 for remodeling. [ [http://www.studentprograms.vt.edu/vtour/westend.php Student Programs - Virginia Tech - Virtual Tour ] ]

West End Market was recognized in 1999 by the National Association of College and University Food Services as the best university specialty restaurant in the country. [ [http://www.vtmagazine.vt.edu/winter00/feature2.html Virginia Tech Magazine Feature 2 ] ]

Owens Hall

Owens Hall opened in 1940 as a replacement for Virginia Tech's military mess hall.

The Food Court contains twelve ala carte specialty shops. In 1997, a section of the building called the Hokie Grill & Co. was remodeled to feature Chick-fil-A and Pizza Hut franchises. In its first year, the Chick-fil-A became the top-selling of all Chick-fil-A franchises located on college campuses. [ [http://www.studentprograms.vt.edu/vtour/owens.php Student Programs - Virginia Tech - Virtual Tour ] ]

Owens Hall is located on Kent Street in the Lower Quad.

Other dining facilities

Shultz Hall, Squires Food Court (inside Squires Student Center), Vet Med Cafe (located in the Vet Med Commons),

Miscellaneous buildings

Burruss Hall

Burruss Hall is the main administrative building at Virginia Tech, located in Blacksburg, VA.

It was named after Julian Burruss, class of 1898, who became president of the college in 1921 and immediately bought a printing press, which he used to barrage the state with news releases supporting the school's mission in applied science. He faced mass resignations when students and faculty disagreed over a corps disciplinary action against one of its cadets, but, through working with Burruss, both sides found common ground.

Burruss Hall is located on the Drillfield and is often used in promotional literature as a signature building of Virginia Tech.

Johnston Student Center

The G. Burke Johnston Student Center (most commonly called GBJ) contains student activities rooms, a small food court, and study areas. On the bottom floor of this three-story building is the entrance to the Pamplin tunnel, which connects this building with the adjacent Pamplin Hall.

Power Plant

A campus landmark, the power plant is located on the upper quad across from Thomas Hall. Its 180 foot chimney can be seen from many places throughout Blacksburg. The plant is a cogeneration facility that provides electricity, heat and steam for the campus. [ [http://www.facilities.vt.edu/utilities/utilities.asp?value=powerplant_timeline Utilities @ Virginia Tech ] ]

Other miscellaneous buildings

Alumni Hall, Armory, Cranwell International Center, the Grove (President's Residence), Health and Safety Building, Henderson Hall, Information/Visitors Center, McComas Hall, Media Building, Price House (razed 2005 cite web
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Non-building campus landmarks

Hokie Stone

On the Blacksburg campus, the majority of the buildings incorporate Hokie Stone as a building material. Hokie Stone is a medley of different colored limestone, often including dolomite. Each block of Hokie Stone is some combination of gray, brown, black, pink, orange, and maroon. The limestone is mined from various quarries in Southwestern Virginia, Tennessee, and Alabama, one of which has been operated by the university since the 1950s.

Gargoyles

More than a dozen gargoyles appear on Tech buildings, especially older buildings including Agnew and Eggleston Halls. Although some, like those on the Eggleston archway, are functional, the majority are merely ornamental. Among the more distinctive gargoyles on campus are the "cowgoyles" seen on some agricultural buildings. [ [http://www.oua.vt.edu/masterplan/94vtmp-chap9.pdf 94vtmp.pdf ] ]

ee also

* Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
* Virginia Tech massacre

References

External links

* http://www.studentprograms.vt.edu - Virginia Tech Student Programs
* http://www.cdcd.vt.edu/PJD/Const.Status/main.html - Virginia Tech campus construction status
* http://www.unirel.vt.edu/map/ - Virginia Tech map
* http://www.unirel.vt.edu/buildings/ - Official VT buildings page
* http://www.rhf.vt.edu - Virginia Tech Residence Hall Federation
* http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18134671/ -Link to the 4/16/07 school shooting


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