VIRGINIA TECH MASTER PLAN
Competition: 27th Annual Region 1 Associated Schools of Construction Design-build Competition, hosted in Albany, New York
Overall Trip Timeline: October 27-29, 2016
Project Type: Dormitory & Independent Dining Hall
Area: 211,500 SF +/-
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Competition Advisor: Erik Simon, PhD
Team Members: Jon Barosso (MSCM 2017) / Artem Batuyev (BSA 2017) / Harrison Bond (MSCM 2017) / Matthew McKinnon (MSCM 2018) / James Thomas (MSCM 2017)
Intensive, 1-Day Competition
This quickly-conceptualized and hypothetical master plan emphasizes qualities of socially-positive and sustainable living, encouraging interaction and environmental consciousness among students at Virginia Tech. We strategically devised the program into four separate buildings: three residential/academic buildings and one dining hall. All buildings meet the requirements outlined in the request for proposal. We made building orientation one of many priorities early on in the design process of conceptualizing the new buildings. Space between the four buildings creates quality opportunities for landscape and hardscape to integrate into the local campus environment and create a beneficial atmosphere for students. Students living in the residence halls reap the benefits of more than sufficient daylighting via the exterior facades and central light-well in Building B.
Our design for residence halls B, C, and D favor 4-bedroom/1-bath and 3-bedroom/1-bath suites, supplemented with small common spaces. We believe common spaces are essential for part of the dynamic of campus living, so all suites benefit from these spaces. 2-bedroom double/1-bath suites are placed throughout residence halls but were secondary to 4-bedroom and 3-bedroom configurations. 1-bedroom/1-bath private rooms were allocated for Resident Assistants on at least each floor of the residence halls. The students benefit from operable windows that allow fresh air and cross ventilation to occur throughout the structure. Students are also given the ability to use interior shades for privacy or blocking undesirable light when exterior sun shades do not suffice (e.g. glare or subjectivity revolving around one’s thermal comfort in their room). Sun shades on the exterior of the building assist with mitigating unnecessary heat gain and also serve as light shelves to allow sunlight to penetrate deeper into interior spaces.
COMMENTS FROM 4 JUDGES
Kiewit Corporation & Consigli Construction: "Proposal binder clear and concise \ Well organized and aligned to RFP \ Project approach well written \ Addressed specific RFP requirements \ Adequate design and understanding of program requirements \ Clear narrative on IPD delivery method \ Only team to clearly address IPD requirement - differentiator \ Detailed schedule with fastest delivery (483 days) - differentiator \ Comprehensive detailed estimate within project budget \ Polished presentation by entire team \ Design was good \ Square footage of facility was on target \ Price was on target \ Good understanding of how VE is to work \ Good proposal content \ Clear and direct"