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Sandy Hall Renovation

Sandy Hall Exterior

Full-scale renovations were completed in 2019 at Sandy Hall, one of Virginia Tech’s oldest buildings.

Extensive interior and exterior renovations and the construction of two new additions are helping to expand teaching and administrative capacity for the School of Neuroscience within the Virginia Tech College of Science.

Sandy Hall is the final culmination of a $35 million capital initiative focused on the renovations of three historic buildings on the Drillfield: Davidson Hall, the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Building, and Sandy Hall. Davidson Hall and College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Building renovations were completed in 2018.

There have not been major renovations at Sandy Hall since the building came into service in 1924.

A reverence for the building’s architectural history are felt throughout the renovations with existing windows, archways, and other distinctive features either being left in-tact or refurbished. Under the renovations, these features will be fused with a range of modern and energy-efficient upgrades, including new furnishings, a new HVAC, installation of A/C, and integration of the latest A/V capabilities.

Two stair towers were added, featuring additional bathrooms, offices, and break rooms. Exterior upgrades include a new roof and a new rear façade at the center of the building.

Accessibility was also boosted with renovated with new accessible public areas and restrooms, and the installation of a new elevator. 

Underscoring the renovations is the university’s commitment to environmental stewardship. New energy efficient windows, low-flow plumbing, and a state-the-art LED lighting system will help drive environmental conservation efforts in the building. Construction waste was diverted from the landfill, being either salvaged or recycled. Building materials with high recycled content were used.

The building houses upper level classes for the School of Neuroscience along with administrative and faculty offices, conference rooms, and a distance learning center. In addition, new flexible academic support spaces will help drive collaboration and interdisciplinary learning among students, faculty, and staff.

View photos from the Sandy Hall ribbon cutting ceremony.

Project Details:

Building Number

Gross Square Footage
15,762 GSF

Virginia Tech Project Manager
Aaron Curfiss

General Contractor
Branch Builds

Glave & Holmes

Project Completion
June 2019 

LEED Certification
Yes, LEED-certified in 2021.