Creativity and Innovation District Living-Learning Program Residence Hall
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 residence hall. The residence hall is located next to the Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown between Kent and Otey streets.
The residence hall opened in August 2021. It offers housing for approximately 600 students and various academic, social, research, and collaboration spaces. Students living in the Creativity and Innovation District Living-Learning Program have opportunities to be involved in three living-learning communities for the arts and entrepreneurship. Student athletes also may live in the facility.
The three living-learning communities, Studio 72, Innovate, and Rhizome, give students the opportunity to connect their academic and co-curricular experiences. Additionally, students can attend programming and events through the Faculty Principal, Dr. Tim Baird, and access physical amenities located in the building.
Photos - August 2021
About the Creativity and Innovation District
The Creativity and Innovation District Living-Learning Program on the eastern edge of campus cultivates 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 have relocated to the University Gateway Center to accommodate the expansion.
Gallery: Residence Hall Construction Progress
- June 2021 - Collegiate Times: Hello Hokies: New Creativity and Innovation District comes to Virginia Tech
- September 2020 - VT News: Tim Baird named faculty principal for the Creativity and Innovation District Living-Learning Community
- June 2019 - VT News: A new meaning of 'home' for Hokies
- July 2019 - Virginia Tech Magazine: A Destination For Creativity And Innovation
- May 2019 - VT News: Construction projects abound this summer on Virginia Tech's Blacksburg campus
- May 2019 - VMDO: Virginia Tech Creativity and Innovation District Living Learning Community
- November 2018 - Roanoke Times: Virginia Tech approves $105 million dorm to sit on former University Club site
- Virginia Tech Magazine: Creativity and Innovation District
Residence Hall Project Details
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 Program is on track to receive LEED Silver Certification.