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Life, Health, Safety, Accessibility, and Code Compliance

Rendering of the proposed elevator tower for the Life, Health, Safety, Accessibility, and Code Compliance project next to Derring Hall.

Project Description

The capital construction project will create an accessible route through the North Academic District that includes Bishop-Favrao Hall, Derring Hall, Cowgill Hall, Johnston Student Center, and Hitt Hall

Two new structures - which include double elevator banks with two stops each, glass lobbies, and connecting platforms - are among project features that will enhance accessibility, mobility, and safety in the region.

Due to existing topography and building footprints, the current pedestrian corridor from Perry Street to Cowgill Plaza traverses multiple campus elevations and is stair-intensive. Alternative accessible routes are circuitous, lengthy, and difficult to locate and navigate. 

The project is the first priority of three high-priority accessibility initiatives identified by the university in the Life, Health, Safety, Accessibility, and Code Compliance category of the 2018-24 Capital Outlay Plan.

Additional design features and elements

  • New bench seating
  • Hokie Stone
  • Transparent glazed glass
  • New planters


Estimated start: Early spring 2023

Target completion: Early spring 2024

Build Method


Gross square feet

Approximately 1,555

Current phase

In design