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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. 

Myers-Lawson Construction Programs Earns Top Rankings

"We are delighted that College Factual tracks Construction Management degrees and agrees that we are one of the best programs in the nation and our state.  The ranking reinforces what we know to be true: we have an excellent team of students, faculty and staff," Dr. Andrew McCoy, Department Head of Building Construction

Giving Back Globally

Its always great to connect our students to opportunities that allow them to travel abroad, immerse themselves in different cultures and practice their construction skills. Over winter break, a group of students traveled to Peru while another group traveled to Rwanda.

Fall 2018 Senior Capstones

At the end of the fall semester, seniors completed their Fall 2018 Design/Build Senior Capstone project. The Fall 2018 capstone project scope of work included a full Design Build service proposal for a high rise office building in Alexandria, Virginia. The building will host 4,300 employees and provide conference and meeting facilities for the 6,000 visitors each year. The building must also provide a designated parking area as required by the City of Alexandria.