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Randolph Hall Replacement

Randolph Hall on a fall day with bikes parked out front
Randolph Hall

Construction background

Randolph Hall is located in the heart of the North Academic District and is Virginia Tech's largest College of Engineering building. It houses multiple College of Engineering departments that serve more than 2,300 undergraduate majors, 500 graduate students, and award more than 650 degrees each year. 

Randolph Hall was constructed in two phases between 1952 and 1959. The existing 166,000 gross-square-foot, 67 year-old building requires updating to help advance the university's Beyond Boundaries academic and research missions, enhance the future tech talent pipeline, sustain existing College of Engineering enrollment, meet new building code and accessibility requirements, include top-notch sustainability features, and modernize building systems.

A capital project request was submitted to demolish the existing building and within the building's existing footprint, replace it with a new and expanded 284,000 gross-square-foot facility containing the highest-quality academic and research space to support the needs of students and faculty. The new facility is slated to add over 70 percent more gross square feet in the same footprint. 

Additional proposed features and details:

  • The existing Stability Wind Tunnel, one of the largest university-owned wind tunnels in the country, currently located to the east of the building, will remain and will be enclosed within the new facility. 
  • The expanded replacement building will include:
    • Approximately 54,000 assignable square feet (ASF) of classrooms and instructional laboratories.
    • Approximately 12,400 ASF of student team-based projects for national science competitions and demonstrations spaces for team projects.
    • Approximately 56,000 ASF of research laboratories.
    • Approximately 55,000 ASF of shared faculty, staff, and student office spaces.
    • Approximately 7,200 ASF of student advising, collaboration, teaming, studio space, and instructional lab breakout space. 
    • Approximately 6,400 ASF of building support and storage spaces. 
    • Virginia Tech Rescue Squad will be relocated to this facility and occupy a portion of the ground level as well. Projected to be approximately 6,000 ASF in size, the student-run operation will consist of the garage, support, and lounge spaces. 

Project details

New construction
284,000 gross square feet

Phase
Project initiated - receiving A/E contract proposals; initial phasing of plan drawings. Drawings, renderings will be posted when available.

Project manager
Aaron Curfiss

Media contact
Mark Owczarski