BLACKSBURG, Va., Feb. 25, 2013 – Nine Virginia Tech administrative departments are preparing to relocate to the new North End Center beginning in March.
Located adjacent to campus between Turner Street and North Main Street, the new facility will increase efficiencies through space and funding consolidations and provide better services for students, staff, faculty, and university customers.
Construction on the nearly $60 million project, formerly referred to as the Turner Street Project, began last year following an agreement between Virginia Tech and the Virginia Tech Foundation, in association with Bob Pack, a local developer. The building has 141,000-gross-square-feet of mixed-use office and retail space and an 800-space parking garage.
The building design, by local architect Thomas Koontz, incorporates blended elements to complement existing town and campus buildings.
Approximate moving dates for university departments to be located in the North End Center are as follows (should changes in this schedule occur, updates will be included in the Virginia Tech News daily email and website):
|Week of March 18||Capital Assets and Financial Management|
|Week of March 18||Internal Audit|
|Week of March 18||Procurement|
|Week of March 25||Controller’s Office|
|Week of April 1||Office of Sponsored Programs|
|Week of April 8||Research Compliance|
|Week of April 8||Secure Compliance|
|Week of April 8||Diversity and Inclusion|
|Week of April 15||Human Resources|
The Office of the Dean of the College of Science will also relocate to the North End Center; information on this move will be released as it becomes available.
Once Southgate Center is empty, the building will become a public safety building and will house Virginia Tech Police and the Office of Emergency Management. Additional space will be available for "surge space" when academic programs are displaced during future renovation projects.
"I’m pleased that many of our administrative functions will finally have a permanent home, several of which were “temporarily” moved to Southgate in the mid-1990’s,” said Vice President for Administrative Services Sherwood Wilson. “In addition to the new administrative office space, the parking garage will provide much needed parking as our north end of campus continues to grow and expand,” said Wilson.
The first floor of North End Center will be leased for retail and restaurant space. The university will lease the remaining floors from the Virginia Tech Foundation. The North End Parking Garage, also leased from the foundation, will provide parking for the building tenants and visitors, university faculty, staff, and visitors to the new Center for the Arts.
Holder Construction, also the contractor for the Center for the Arts, is the primary contractor on the project.
Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 225 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $496 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.
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