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Living Laboratory Experience

As a part of Virginia Tech’s growing campus and commitment to hands-on learning in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, the university is beginning to implement opportunities for its students to participate in the design and construction of new buildings. 10% of new construction cost of any campus building are set aside for living learning projects contributing to the built environment on campus.

Doing so gets students involved in practical design-build situations, which can serve as valuable experiences in accompanying academic coursework as well as their future careers. Furthermore, it provides tremendous research opportunities to be tackled by graduate and undergraduate students alike. Assistance from students in the colleges of Architecture and Urban Studies, Engineering, and others in constructing projects like ECO-Graphi0 can establish connections between students and faculty of varying majors and disciplines. Although this project is entirely designed by Virginia Tech students, as was mentioned in the market potential section of this report, we still wanted to find a way to get other students actively involved in the construction process.

To do this we chose to incorporate a new wall system that is currently extensively researched at VT. The façade system is termed “CLT-L” for being a light-weight variant of more common cross-laminated timber (CLT) systems. The panels will be installed in the open office space of ECO-Graphi0. These panels could be fabricated at Virginia Tech’s Build Lab, which is located ten minutes away from ECO-Graphi0’s proposed site. Aside from the many practical benefits of CLT-L mentioned in previous sections, it most importantly provides a learning experience for students. Students would be given the opportunity to see how prefabrication works on a real work project, from shop fabrication and milling, to site delivery and assembly. Interacting and forming relationships with both the general contractor and subcontractors of the project, is an invaluable experience not offered in any classroom.

Other Innovations

To more evenly distribute energy loads throughout the day, the open office area will...