City of Radford teams up with Virginia Tech to build train observation platform

RADFORD, Va. (WDBJ7) The City of Radford is teaming up with Virginia Tech to build something they hope raises tourism in the area.

Celebrating Radford's heritage of trains, the city wants an observatory platform built along the tracks, behind the Glencoe Mansion.

Students from Virginia Tech will build it. Monday they walked the area, took pictures and sketched ideas for the plan.

Tom Hammett was also at the walk through. He’s a Professor in Sustainable Bio-Material at Virginia Tech, as well as the Associate Dean for Academic Programs for the College of Natural Resources and Environment.

He explained, "We're basically giving the students real life examples to work on during the semester. We're trying to give them a vantage point from which they can see what types of skills and what types of challenges they'll face once the leave Virginia Tech and go out in the work place."

The design phase will last about a month, and the platform should be finished by the end of the semester.

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