We’re mighty proud of the new Signature Engineering Building, which opened this week after nearly there years of construction. Among College of Engineering faculty and staff, we’re sharing and posting photos of the new building during the first week of classes as if they were grand baby photos.
But we’re also looking ahead to future building and renovation projects, among them, an overhaul of Holden Hall, which dates back to 1940.
At nearby Randolph Hall, built in stages from 1952-1959, the Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering is renovating its large Room 217, which held offices, a design lab, and meeting space, turning it into the AOE Studio for Design Innovation, ASDI@VT for short. With some faculty heading the Signature Engineering Building, the student design studio portion of the suite will more than double.
Demolition of the old space is expected to start next week. Among the additions to the space will be new meeting areas and a trophy case to highlight student achievements.
Fairfax, Virginia-based architect firm Dewberry handled the design of the $900,000 project. Work is expected to finish around December. The project is funded by an engineering fee paid by AOE students.
“The renovation will be used to support three capstone design courses: Aircraft Design, Ship Design, and Spacecraft Design,” said Eric Paterson, AOE department head. “Particular focus is on collaborative design with industry and international partners. As such, we have focused on technology enabled spaces for teams of five to eight students.”
The area also will include engineering workstations and general discussion areas.
— Steven Mackay, Virginia Tech College of Engineering
PHOTOS: Above, a design concept of the Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering’s new AOE Studio for Design Innovation, to be built inside Room 217 at Randolph Hall. Below, some current images of the room, and more design images from Fairfax, Virginia-based architect firm Dewberry.