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.