Virginia Tech transformed the vintage Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center into a graduate education/life space. The goal of this phased renovation was to provide a rich learning environment through spaces, services, and programming that enhance the graduate education experience. With this renovation, the building has remained a tribute to Don Brown, a corporate trailblazer and dedicated Virginia Tech alumnus.
The phased renovation in the summers of 2005 and 2006 changed the 1935/1968 vintage Hotel & Conference Center and Alumni Hall into the Graduate Life Center. This renovation focused on the conversion of the bedrooms from transient to full-time occupants, including complete bathroom upgrades, electrical power and lighting improvements, new telecommunication infrastruture, and new lounges, laundry rooms and resident apartment.
2RW provided MEP/FP engineering design for this adaptive reuse, which included:
OWNER: Virginia Tech
TIMEFRAME: 2004 – 2005
SIZE: 51,820 SF