Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University’s College of Engineering recently completed an updated strategic facilities plan to transform the college’s existing, and increasingly obsolete, space into modern facilities that support cutting-edge and expanding programs. The 159,500 SF Goodwin Hall / Signature Engineering Building, which focuses on undergraduates, includes highly specialized laboratories to support hands-on problem solving and active-learning. The new facility consists of classrooms, instructional and research laboratories, offices, and support space for the Departments of Mechanical, Chemical, and Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, as well as administrative space for engineering education and student services. Additional building components include meeting rooms, casual study space, and a café. Public corridors and student gathering spaces wrap around highly transparent teaching and research laboratories and a central atrium, which includes a Rolls-Royce jet engine and a study / meeting “capsule.” The building also has more than 240 sensors embedded into the structure to study in real-time the building vibration for a variety of research projects. Energy-efficient strategies, such as heat recovery, recycled air in public spaces, and stormwater management systems helped the building achieve LEED Gold® certification.

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