The BuildLAB is a venture launched by The Department of Building Construction and the Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech. Established in 2013, the goal of the lab is to serve the Virginia Tech's "Hands-on Minds-on" philiosophy of applied learning by fostering a supportive environment for innovation of all kinds.
Emphasis in BuildLAB is placed on a goal of discovery rather than direct purpose; based on the notion that the most interesting and impactful discoveries come from trial and error, attempts of new things, curiosity, and serendipity. To support this approach the LAB features a more or less complete hodge-podge of equipment and tools with a material focus on wood and composites. In addition the LAB features a substantial component of computer controlled machines in the vein of the 'Fab-Lab' concept. Our goal is the ability to make anything out of anything from small to large, and from the personal to the universal.
We've set lofty goals and have allowed our best instincts to drive our approach to BuildLAB. Use will ultimately dictate the development and adaptation of the facility to suit the broader goals of our Virginia Tech community. To that end we'd like to invite users, visitors (who will hopefully become users), and other interested parties to visit and contribute.