Officials at Virginia Tech have released initial details of a new master plan, which will serve as a road map for how the university will move forward.
Staff members from Sasaki Associates, which is serving as the consultant on the project, said they expect 4.1 million square feet of new development on campus over the next 20 years based on the growth they have seen over the past two decades.
“I think it’s very exciting,” said Maria Vollmer, a Virginia Tech student. “More people will bring in more businesses, more activities, more things to do for students. so I wouldn’t really be opposed to that.”
Initial concepts for the master plan include adding new academic and residential buildings and creating new hubs for student life. The plan also includes new ways to help people get around, including a path that connects each section of campus.
According to Virginia Tech officials, the master plan is updated every ten years.
“We’re looking at district planning, land use; how do we enhance student initiatives as it relates to housing, recreation, dining and overall student wellness?” said Jason Soileau, university architect and assistant vice president for planning.
The plan covers not just the Blacksburg campus, but also Virginia Tech’s footprint on Roanoke and Northern Virginia.
“We’re looking at how do we really leverage and expand Virginia Tech’s role across the commonwealth?” Soileau said.
Some people at the meeting who declined to speak with WFXR News on camera expressed concerns about preserving historic buildings. According to Sasaki Associates, early details of the plan say some of the new buildings would replace old ones.
University officials expect to complete a final version of the plan by the end of the year, Soileau said.