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Quillen Family Spirit Plaza

Dietrick Plaza Rendering
Proposed rendering of the Dietrick Plaza renovations.

Construction background

The Spirit Plaza will be located in the area outside Dietrick Hall that faces Washington Street. It will transform and modernize a central campus gathering place that connects residential spaces to Athletics via Dietrick Lawn. The plaza will be a location for special events, including potential pep rallies, and will continue to be an integral part of everyday living, learning, and socializing on campus. 

While the current area in front of Dietrick Hall is widely used, the planned renovations will expand the available usable space, infuse more elements that build on the school spirit atmosphere, and help foster social interaction and collaboration. Ideas include incorporating more brand elements throughout the plaza; building stadium seat walls; incorporating new accessible pathways, seating, a sloped lawn, landscape beds, outdoor seating, and tables; and adding a HokieBird statue for photo opportunities. 

The Spirit Plaza is part of a larger renovation project to Dietrick Hall that includes a variety of interior improvements – a new Urban Market dining venue, upgrades to Deet’s and DXpress, and enclosing the first-floor overhang to capture nearly 200 additional seats.

The Spirit Plaza is made possible by a $2 million gift from three siblings of the Quillen family: Chris Quillen ’98 and his wife Jennifer, Hunter Quillen Gresham, and Matt Quillen '06 and his wife Kelsey. The gift is one of the largest gifts in the history of Student Affairs

Additional project details

Project status
Working drawings, planning stages.

Architectural/Engineering (A/E

Project construction start

Virginia Tech project manager
Kyle White

Media contact
Mark Owczarski

VTx - Sept. 7, 2021:
Quillen Family Spirit Plaza is named following $2 million gift to Student Affairs


Interior rendering of Dietrick Plaza
Dietrick Hall first floor interior rendering.
Current view of Dietrick Plaza
Current view into Dietrick Plaza.