Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science II

Description

ICTAS Phase II marks a milestone for Virginia Tech. Aiming to be an internationally recognized leader in transformative and interdisciplinary research for a sustainable future; the university needed a facility to support cutting-edge research across the fields of engineering, humanities, and the physical, life and social sciences. SmithGroupJJR's solution addressed all of these needs while weaving the facility into the campus and institutional culture seamlessly.

An exclusive setting for interdisciplinary collaboration, in which research projects blur departmental boundaries and traditional categories of science, the facility accommodates a broad range of research. Modular planning and mobile casework systems make rapid lab reconfiguration simple, and the facility itself inherently flexible. The plan embeds informal meeting spaces among the research areas, and small cafes near interconnecting stairs promote the social aspect of research.

The LEED Gold building offers a modern interpretation of VA Tech's signature Virginia Tech's Collegiate Gothic style, updated with green elements like heat recovery, low-VOC finishes and a rain garden.

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