Virginia Tech receives $15.2M gift to construct student-athlete performance center

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) -- Virginia Tech has received its largest-ever gift to athletics and the single largest outright gift ever given to the university.

According to University President Tim Sands, a $15.2 million dollar donation has been given to the university to help create a state-of-the-art Student-Athlete Performance Center.

The university says the donation will benefit student-athletes in all 22 intercollegiate sports. The donation was made by an alumni couple who are Virginia natives.

The donation will also include expansion and renovation to the fourth floor of the Jamerson Athletic Center.

"This is a significant step forward that will help Virginia Tech meet the competitive challenge of athletics by developing the resources we need to support the remarkable talent and leadership in our athletic department," Sands said.

The donation will allow work to begin on what is estimated to be a $16.5 million project. Construction on the new 17,000-square foot center is anticipated to start in 2018, pending formal approval by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors, according to a release from the university.

"We are so very thankful for this transformational gift," Director of Athletics Whit Babcock said. "We will absolutely excellent stewards of this generosity."

When completed, the center will feature panoramic views of Lane Stadium and a balcony overlooking the practice field. The fourth floor of Jamerson will more than double from its current 6,000-square foot footprint to 17,000-square feet. Space for dining, nutrition, donor hospitality, recruiting areas and a seamless connection to the Cassell Coliseum concourse will be a part of the new addition, according to the release.