Dean Schurig Lays First
Hokie Stone in New Virginia Tech Veterinary Medicine Building
Medicine Instruction Addition will provide space for a
state-of-the art clinical techniques laboratory for veterinary
students and new faculty offices, seminar space, and small
conference areas. It will also serve as a new main entrance to
the college and showcase Hokie Stone. (Image courtesy of HKS
Dr. Gerhardt Schurig, dean of the
veterinary college, joined construction workers on Tuesday, Feb.
21, to place the first batch of the dolomite limestone in the
façade for the new Veterinary Medicine Instruction Addition.
“This is not only a milestone in the
construction of the Veterinary Medicine Instruction Addition but
also a turning point for the veterinary college as a whole,”
Schurig said. “For the first time, our students, faculty and
staff, and visitors will experience Virginia Tech’s distinctive
visual appeal when they enter the veterinary college.”
Schurig (right), dean of the Virginia-Maryland Regional
College of Veterinary Medicine, lays the first Hokie
Stone on the Veterinary Medicine Instruction Addition.)
Approximately 176 tons of
Hokie Stone will cover about 2,000 square feet along the
front of the Veterinary Medicine Instruction Addition.
Upon completion, this building’s entrance will become
the main entrance to the veterinary college.
Last summer, construction
crews from the W.M. Jordan Company broke ground on the
$14.1 million, 30,000-square-foot facility. The new
building will provide instructional space for a
state-of-the art clinical techniques laboratory for
third-year veterinary students as well as new faculty
offices, student seminar space, and small conference
“We hope that construction
on the Veterinary Medicine Instruction Addition will be
complete this summer prior to the Class of 2016’s
arrival in August,” Schurig said. “The new building,
plus the planned renovations to laboratories and
classrooms, will deliver a modernized, attractive, and
interactive study environment for our students.”
The new instructional facility is not the only
project at the veterinary college.
Last November, a $10.5 million, 16,000-square-foot Infectious
Disease Research Facility opened to provide laboratories and
support space to accelerate translational medicine research. The
college is also now in the preliminary planning stages for a
90,000-square-foot Translational Medicine Building, which will
include integrated research laboratories and an extension of the
Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The college will share the
building with Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life
Sciences and College of Science to conduct interdisciplinary
research and translational medicine.
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