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This Utilities Master Plan accompanies the efforts and resources that Virginia Tech has previously invested in to grow the influence of the university in a visionary and sustainable fashion.

  • In 2018, Virginia Tech completed its most recent master planning effort resulting in ‘Beyond Boundaries 2047: The Campus Plan.’
  • In 2020, Virginia Tech finalized its Climate Action Commitment, setting goals and Milestones thru 2050. 
  • The 2022 Utility Master Plan project will provide the road map to align campus wide utility systems with the Beyond Boundaries development plan and the CAC sustainability goals. 

Climate Action Commitments - 2050

  • Reduction of 2006 CO2 levels (316,000 tons)
  • Convert Power sources from Coal to Natural Gas
  • Decrease Building energy & thermal demands
  • Increase efficiency with Waste/Transportation/land use
  • Increase Renewable Electricity/Storage/Sequestration
  • Better 10 year Energy Management Planning
  • Signature Net-Zero Energy Building/Solar Photo voltaics
  • Fossil fuel-free campus

Campus Vision - 2047

  • Increased number of undergraduates across campuses
  • Building GSF increased 58% (16.9M at buildout)
  • Districts & Hubs – Mixed Uses
  • Pedestrian mobility, mass transit, autos to perimeters
  • Watershed impacts - flood plain/TMDL, water & sewer
  • Landscapes/Green Infrastructure/Heat effects
  • Thermal & Electrical systems for the future 
  • Sustainability themes to meet CAC 

Campus Utility Systems

  • Co-generation Power Plant (Electricity & Steam Generation)
  • Central Compressed Air Utility
  • Central Domestic Hot Water
  • Electric Distribution Infrastructure
  • Central Chilled Water Plants
  • Back-up diesel generators
  • Air Handling and HVAC Systems
  • Stormwater BMP’s
  • Associated Distribution Systems Required to Transport Utility Services
  • Central Utilities Listed Above
  • Potable Water, Sanitary Sewage, and Storm Water