Creativity and Innovation District construction begins at Virginia Tech

Construction of the Creativity and Innovation District is underway on the Virginia Tech campus, a $105 million project set to be completed by the summer of 2021. The three connected buildings will form a living learning community that combines existing programs within the Moss Arts Center, Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT), and the School of Performing Arts.

The Creativity and Innovation District will house approximately 600 students and take up 225,000 square feet on the eastern end of Virginia Tech’s campus. The three buildings will be positioned near Squires Student Center, Newman Library and the Graduate Life Center.

VMDO Architects will be in charge of construction of the district and began construction in the spring 2019. According to Virginia Tech’s website, President Tim Sands sees the new living learning community as a crossover for all of Virginia Tech’s strong suits to be able to work together and share ideas in an innovative environment.

Although the construction will take a significant amount of time to be completed, the Creativity and Innovation District will be one of the school’s state-of-the-art buildings in the future.

While the construction is a jarring sight, most students may not even be aware of what is being built on campus. To shed light on the new building, I spoke with Frank Shushok, the senior associate vice president of Student Affairs to give more details on Virginia Tech’s plans for the new district: