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Holden Hall Renovations and Expansion


The 42,100 gross square foot (GSF) Holden Hall was constructed in 1940 and currently houses the Mining and Minerals Engineering Program and the Materials Science and Engineering Program. In addition to a small basement, the existing building comprises of a 3-story south wing totaling approximately 20,166 GSF and east and north single-story wings totaling approximately 21,648 GSF.

This project will renovate the building’s 3-story south wing. New construction will include the demolition of the single-story east and north wings, the replacement of the north wing with a new 4-story wing, and the replacement of the east wing with a new 3-story wing.

Each replacement wing will match the footprint of the existing single-story wings. These replacement wings will total approximately 86,600 GSF. The overall building will total 102,000 GSF of new and renovated space upon completion of the project.

Additional new and improved building features:

  • Center for Autonomous Mining and Robotics: The new wing will feature a 1,281-square-foot Center for Autonomous Mining and Robotics. In the center, students will engage in autonomous mining and work with material that is three to four feet deep. The top level of the two-story mine will be a glassed-in area where students can learn advanced automation methods.
  • New computational space that will allow for faster, more-efficient development of new materials — using cutting-edge technology.
  • New labs dedicated to semiconductors, polymers, ceramics, and metals.

Demolition of the single-story wings began in late summer 2019. The renovations are anticipated to be complete in winter 2021.

Latest news

December 2019 - Holden Hall web cam
December 2019 - Collegiate Times: Holden Hall is undergoing major renovations
October 2019 - VT Daily: Extensive expansion and renovations underway at Holden Hall

March 2021 update

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Aerial vantage of the Holden Hall project in March 2021. Footage credit: W.M. Jordan and Meagan Williamson.

Construction impacts

Beginning approximately Aug. 1, 2019, through approximately November 2021, there will be ongoing pedestrian, parking, and road impacts surrounding the Holden Hall capital construction site. Please click here for the latest pedestrian and parking impacts.

Project details

Gross square feet (GSF)
New construction: 81,000 GSF
Renovation: 20,240 GSF
Total: 101,240 GSF

Project timeline
December 2021 (anticipated completion)

Construction status
Under construction

Virginia Tech project manager
Todd Shelton

Construction manager
W.M. Jordan Company

Moseley Architects

Project Manager, project inquiries: Todd Shelton
Media: Mark Owczarski
Traffic inquiries: Mike Dunn
Office for Equity and Accessibility: Report a Barrierequityandaccess@vt.edu540-231-2010
Division of Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities: 540-231-4300

Images and renderings

Doodle of Holden Hall exterior construction
Holden Hall construction. Doodle by Steven White of Virginia Tech (September 2020).