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Virginia Tech's Practice Facility Unveiled

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 2:50pm
  • A look inside of the Hokies' new practice facility.  (Courtesy: HKS Architects)
     A look inside of the Hokies' new practice facility. (Courtesy: HKS Architects)
By: Mark Owens

The much-anticipated indoor practice facility for Virginia Tech football took another step forward yesterday, with the release of a video and other plans that give spectacular detail to the long-discussed construction project. 

"We're good to go," said Tom Gabbard, Virginia Tech's associate AD for internal affairs - the man overseeing this project. "The building and grounds committee approved it at the Board of Visitors meeting, and we're ready to go. We have our coordination meeting tomorrow (Thursday). It'll be a total design review to take care of any loose ends, and then we'll get started."

Last fall, VT agreed to a deal with Kansas City-based SportsPLAN Studio as the design criteria consultant. HKS Architects won the design bid, and W.M. Jordan Company (based out of Newport News, VA) will be the general contractor. The companies have been involved in other large-scale projects, such as AT&T Stadium (home to the Dallas Cowboys). 

Estimates put the total cost of the new facility at around $21.3 million, and The Hokie Club (the chief booster organization for Virginia Tech) has raised nearly $12.5 million. The opening target date for completion is August 2015, in time for fall practice next season. 

You can see a full walk-through of the new facility in this video, provided by HKS and W.M Jordan.