New wave of construction projects set to begin at Virginia Tech

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) -- A new semester at Virginia Tech means a new wave of construction and renovations.

Renovations like the project at historic Sandy Hall, which was first built in 1924. The building hasn't seen any major improvement projects since then.

"You're taking one of the most original, historic buildings on campus, really gutting it to stud, and making it become our new school of neuroscience," said university spokesperson Mark Owczarski.

The Sandy Hall renovations are part of a $35 million initiative to improve academic buildings around campus.

Other projects include early work on a new 600-student residential hall and plans to replace parking lots on Perry Street with an Undergraduate Science Laboratory.

They're the latest steps toward keeping up with a student body that continues to grow.

"To accommodate that growth, we've got to make sure our facilities are either available to us and there, or we need to improve the ones that have been around for a while," Owczarski said.

Meanwhile, upgrades to the underground chilled water system are expected to impact most roads on campus over the next three years.

"You will see, once the spring comes, the beginning of a lot of road work and a lot of digging," Owczarski said.

But the university says the short-term disruptions are worth the value they create.

"It's really important, to keep that value of your degree, to continuously improve, and that's what Virginia Tech is doing," Owczarski said.

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