Virginia Tech Carilion Biomedical Research Expansion
Expected to open this summer, the state-of-the-art, 139,000-square foot Virginia Tech Carilion (VTC) Biomedical Research expansion facility will be home to more than 20 teams of biomedical researchers with the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC. Scientists will focus on cardiovascular research, obesity and metabolism, neuroscience, body-device interfaces, cancer, infection and immunology, and more. The expansion will facilitate experiential learning for undergraduate and graduate students and enhance collaboration for faculty and students across Virginia Tech’s nine colleges and throughout the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke.
In partnership with University Libraries, the new Fralin Biomedical Research Institute Library will include a 3-D printing studio, data visualization studio, and virtual/augmented reality studio. In addition, the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine is opening its animal cancer care and research center on the building’s first floor to provide advanced clinical care and cancer research opportunities for companion animals and their families.
From its meadow garden green roof to its underground rainwater cistern, the new research expansion located at 4 Riverside Circle in Roanoke is also a model for smart green design. The building is currently being evaluated from the U.S. Green Building Council for a LEED Version 4 Rating.