Front view of existing O'Shaughnessy Hall

In the days following Virginia Tech’s spring commencement on May 12, 2017, construction crews began a $21.5 million project to renovate O'Shaughnessy Hall.

O'Shaughnessy Hall was built in 1966 and housed 341 students during the 2016-17 academic year. The 69,211-square-foot residence hall is located on Washington Street close to Lane Stadium and Cassell Coliseum.

In addition to upgraded furnishings, the renovation will include the installation of an air conditioning system, additional community spaces, and a unique glass-enclosed stairway that will face a newly landscaped exterior courtyard. The renovations will be consistent with the design style of Pearson Hall.

The new floorplan calls for rooms for 335 students, a faculty apartment, five to seven faculty/staff offices, a classroom, a community living room, and a faculty meeting area.

When the building reopens for the 2018-19 academic year, it will reopen as the Residential Leadership Community, one of Virginia Tech’s fifteen living-learning communities.

Living-learning communities offer students the unique opportunity to live with other students with similar interests such as the arts, service, or innovation. Each living-learning community at Virginia Tech is led by a faculty member who is responsible for coordinating educational programs, fostering academic engagement, and enriching the residential college's unique culture. 

In 2010 and 2011, Virginia Tech launched its first two residential colleges in East and West Ambler Johnston Halls. In response to the success of these two residential colleges, Housing and Residence Life completed a Residential Financial Plan in 2012 that articulated a hope for converting three current residence halls into Residential Colleges.

Building Number

Gross Square Feet
69,211 GSF

Virginia Tech Project Manager
Aaron Curfiss

Construction Manager

Moseley Architects, working in collaboration with Lord Aeck Sargent 

Project Budget
$21.5 million

Construction Status
Project is in design

Project Completion
August 2018

For additional information contact Aaron Curfiss at 540-449-9148.

Concept Images and Renderings

Before Construction

Construction Photos