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Creativity and Innovation District Living-Learning Program Residence Hall

Exterior rendering of the CID building with a sunset in the sky and people walking around outside
Creativity and Innovation District residence hall rendering.

Background

Aug. 9, 2020 - VTx: Creativity and Innovation District Living-Learning Program ready to welcome students and faculty

Anchoring the initial development of the Creativity and Innovation District is a 232,000 gross-square-foot residential building. It is located next to the Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown between Kent and Otey streets.

The residence hall will, opening August 2021, will offer housing for approximately 600 students and a wide variety of academic, social, research, and collaboration spaces. The residence hall is intended for students enmeshed in the CID and designed around three living-learning communities (LLCs) for the arts and entrepreneurship ⁠— while also weaving in housing for varsity student-athletes.

The three LLCs, Studio 72Innovate, and Rhizome, will give students the chance to specialize on a particular theme. Additionally, students can attend programming and events through the Faculty Principal, Dr. Tim Baird, as well as have access to the physical amenities located in the building.

Photos - August 2021

Purple and pink sunrise at CID
CID building exterior from Kent Street
CID outdoor classroom with tables, chairs and a large whiteboard on a second floor patio
CID LLP communal study area with tables, chairs and bright orange carpet
study area with long tables and aqua and lime green chairs at CID
Bamboo and glass entryway with student art at CID
Interior lobby bright orange staircase
CID outdoor classroom with tables, chairs and a large whiteboard on a second floor patio
Study lounge with movable tables and chairs at CID
CID exterior accessoble pathways from above
sample CID dorm room with bunks and desks


About the Creativity and Innovation District

The new Creativity and Innovation District (CID) on the eastern edge of campus will soon cultivate a community of creation and innovation. The district will make the most of existing programs and facilities already in the area, including:

Several of the buildings will retain their traditional functions while providing additional spaces that foster creativity and innovation. The Media Building and the Media Building Annex will be allocated to the district. University Relations personnel in those buildings are relocating to the University Gateway Center to accommodate the expansion.

Creativity and Innovation District Residence Hall Renderings

Residence Hall Project Details

New construction:
232,000 gross square feet

Design/build: Builder - WM Jordan; architect - Hanbury; criteria consultant architect - VMDO Architects P.C.

Sustainable features: Environmentally friendly building components include energy-efficient HVAC systems and windows, water-efficient plumbing, refillable water bottle stations, and building materials secured through sustainable procurement practices. The Creativity and Innovation District Living-Learning Community is on track to receive LEED Silver Certification.

Contacts, questions:
Project Manager: Paul O'Keef
Media: Mark Owczarski

Building mailing address:
Student’s full name
Creativity and Innovation District Residence Hall, Rm XXXX
185 Kent Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Exterior construction at Creativity and Innovation District doodle.
Creativity and Innovation District residence hall construction. Doodle by Steven White of Virginia Tech (September 2020).