latest news & announcements

Building Construction's FYE Class gives students an immersive construction experience

The Department of Building Construction First-Year Experience (FYE) class is living up to its name. Many students in the program experienced life on a large construction site.  A FYE grant provided the funding needed for the fun-filled weekend of industry learning in Charlotte, NC.

The November 5th and 6th trip began Friday evening with a tour of Swinerton’s new headquarters which utilizes glulam structural members for longer spans. Students networked with industry while enjoying pizza and watching Virginia Tech’s football game against Boston College.

Congratulations to Advisor Shelton Norwood!

Advisor Shelton Norwood is the recipient of the Virginia Tech Provost’s Award for Excellence in Advising! This award is given annually to recognize an individual who serves undergraduates in exemplary ways. Shelton will recieve a plaque and membership in the University’s Academy of Advising Excellence.

Apply for the MLSoC scholarships by March 1st!

We want all our students to have the opportunity to receive an MLSoC Undergraduate Student Scholarship! We offer a broad array of scholarships for in-state, out-of-state, merit based and need based. Applicants are required to have their 2021 Academic Year FAFSA applications fully submitted by March 1st as well. 

Learn more about our scholarships and how to apply HERE!

Fall 2019 Capstones

The Fall 2019 Design/Build Capstone Project took place on Thursday, December 12, 2019, in Bishop-Favrao Hall. The Fall 2019 capstone project scope included the design and construction services for a Senior Care Housing and Dining Project located on a 2.8-acre site in Great Falls, Virginia. The project consists of the design and construction of a 62-unit living and dining facility. The developer, Verity Commercial and Herman Diebler Jr. provided the program, draft RFP and approved design drawings for the project.

BC 2044 Students Investigate Upcycling Possibilities for Furniture

Students spent their first hands-on Materials Lab this morning working with objects donated by the YMCA Blacksburg that pose a significant challenge to their operation: furniture made from pressed wood. While affordable and functional, these furnishings do not typically age well. Each time they are assembled or disassembled, they sustain damage at their mechanical joints, and the wood-to-fastener connections lose integrity. They are also often left unfinished on the surfaces contacting the floor, which makes them vulnerable to moisture damage.

Spring 2019 Design Build Capstone

The Spring 2019 Design / Build Senior Capstone Project took place Thursday, May 9th in Bishop Favrao Hall. This year's Request for Proposal was for a Trinity College Academic Center with a projected cost of $40 million.

BC students score with their teams in the 2019 International Solar Decathlon Design Competition

Teams competing in the Solar Decathlon Design Challenge develop creative solutions for real-world issues in the building industry. From originally more than 80 entries, 48 teams were selected as finalists in 6 divisions to attend the Solar Decathlon Design Challenge Weekend, where they present their designs to a panel of industry expert jurors, compare their projects to those of other teams, learn from presentations by thought leaders and collegiate peers, and engage with a variety of organizations about energy careers. 

BC Welcomes New Advisor for Freshmen & Sophomore Students

The Building Construction Department is excited to welcome Shelton Norwood as the new advisor for freshmen and sophomore students. Shelton received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech and is currently completing his Master’s in Higher Education Administration.  A native of Emporia, Virginia, Shelton has lived in Blacksburg for the last 15 years. He comes to us from the Sociology department where he advised over 500 students.

Scholars Program Gives Students a Choice

Ezekiel Volk believed that when he graduated high school he would begin his football career playing Division 1 football for Norfolk State. It wasn't until the A. James Clark Scholars Program that Volk realized he had a choice. 

Project Management Team Places 1st at ASC Competition

On February 5th, The Myers-Lawson School of Construction sent three student teams to the Associated Schools of Construction Student Competition and Construction Management Conference in Reno, Nevada. 21 students represented the Myers-Lawson School of Construction and competed against numerous universities across the United States. The Project Management Team consisting of Joe O’Neal, Brian Maloney, Matt O’Neill, Kurtis Meyer, John Weiss, Johnny Micka and Alley LaBossiere walked away with a 1st place win for Virginia Tech.