New academic building opens at Virginia Tech

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Virginia Tech has unveiled a new academic building this fall that will provide a modern learning experience for students. 

It looks like any other building at Virginia Tech, built with Hokie stone and decorated with the university seal. But once you go inside, it’s a whole new story. 

The facility, simply named “Classroom Building”, is built utilizing an interactive and flexible design, providing a high-quality learning environment. 

“This new classroom building really represents what is needed today for teaching and learning,” said Mark Owczarski, the University Spokesperson at Virginia Tech. “It’s modular, its interactive, its highly technical and it allows teachers to create learning spaces for their students and their classes in ways that best facilitate learning.” 

Inspired by their motto, “invent the future”, the building features cutting edge technology and versatile classrooms that will be technologically advanced for years to come. 

“This is symbolic of the growth of Virginia Tech,” said Owczarski. “A lot of people want to come here and want to learn here. Virginia Tech is growing and we need that class space.” 

Virginia Tech officials hope that eventually all of their buildings will be just like this one.

“Every student is going to have those ‘aha!’ moments, and a contributor to those ‘aha!’ moments will always be the space in which you are learning,” said Owczarski.

Students that live off campus say that this building is in a more convenient location, which is making it easier for them to find a quiet place to study.

“It’s very helpful and it definitely it makes it a whole lot easier to get access to homework or help,” said Cate Lowe, a student at Virginia Tech.

The location of the new facility was specifically chosen to minimize travel time for students. It is located close to the parking garage and many instruction buildings

This $42 million dollar project took about two years to complete.

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