I recently took some photos of the construction going on at Virginia Tech’s campus that is relevant to Hokies athletics. This photo gallery contains pictures of the construction of the Virginia Tech Creativity and Innovation District Residence Hall, next to the Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown between Kent and Otey streets.
If you’ve never heard of the Creativity and Innovation District (CID), just Google “Virginia Tech Creativity and Innovation District” and you’ll get links to a wealth of resources explaining what it is.
What does that have to do with Virginia Tech athletics? Of the 596 beds planned for the CID Residence Hall, 176 will be utilized by student-athletes, for the most part freshmen athletes. Bluntly put, the CID Residence Hall is going to be swanky and impressive, and in the parlance of college athletics, “swanky and impressive” equals “recruiting asset.”
So if you’re a Virginia Tech sports fan, that’s why you care. The new dorm will help the Hokies recruit better student-athletes. The new CID Residence Hall will serve as an attractive home for freshmen athletes for many years.
The CID Residence Hall was designed by VMDO Architects and construction is being done by W.M. Jordan Company, whose Executive Chairman is distinguished Virginia Tech alumnus (and former Rector of the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors) John Lawson.
Live Cam and Time Lapse
Click here to view a live cam shot of dorm construction and to view time-lapse videos of the project from the beginning.
Virginia Tech Creativity and Innovation District Residence Hall Concept Images
Here are some concept drawings of the CID Residence Hall, taken from the Virginia Tech Facilities web site and architectural firm VMDO, as noted. Each image may be clicked for a larger version, which will open up on a separate tab.