Life, Health, Safety, Accessibility, and Code Compliance
About the project
The capital construction project will create an accessible route through the North Academic District that includes Bishop-Favrao Hall, Derring Hall, Cowgill Hall, Johnston Student Center, and Hitt Hall.
Two new structures - which include double elevator banks with two stops each, glass lobbies, and connecting platforms - are among project features that will enhance accessibility, mobility, and safety in the region.
Due to existing topography and building footprints, the current pedestrian corridor from Perry Street to Cowgill Plaza traverses multiple campus elevations and is stair-intensive. Alternative accessible routes are circuitous, lengthy, and difficult to locate and navigate.
The project is the first priority of three high-priority accessibility initiatives identified by the university in the Life, Health, Safety, Accessibility, and Code Compliance category of the 2018-24 Capital Outlay Plan.
Priority 1 - a pair of elevator towers in the North Academic District.
Priority 2 - an American with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant pathway in the North Academic District.
Priority 3 - ADA-compliant pathway near Patton Hall.
Additional design features and elements
- New bench seating
- Hokie Stone
- Transparent glazed glass
- New planters
Timeline: (Construction Start/Target Completion)
Priority 1 – Spring 2023/Spring 2024
Priority 2 – Fall 2023/Spring 2024
Priority 3 – Summer 2024/Spring 2025
Gross square feet