Creativity and Innovation District Living/Learning Community

Serving as a vibrant hub for strategic and creative collisions, the Virginia Tech Creativity and Innovation District is a ‘playground for the innovators, inventors, and makers who will build the world of tomorrow.’ At its core lies a dynamic living/learning community spanning 30,000 square feet of interdisciplinary space, where students, faculty, and community entrepreneurs converge to collaborate and redefine boundaries.

By igniting innovation and facilitating the journey from concept to commercialization, the project offers a blueprint that empowers students to extend their impact well beyond graduation and into their communities. The inclusion of “bridge spaces” becomes a vital component, fostering close collaboration among companies, students, faculty, and scholars. These spaces serve as incubators, nurturing ideas and guiding their evolution into viable businesses.

The upper floors provide an immersive residential experience for 600 curious students, creating a holistic environment for exploration and personal growth. Each design element is meticulously crafted to enhance engagement and fuel innovation, resulting in a transformative, innovative, and entrepreneurial student experience.

The Hanbury / WM Jordan team’s winning proposal focused on refining design elements to increase the probability of engagement and innovation through a transformative, innovative and entrepreneurial student experience. The proposal met the criteria established by Virginia Tech and the criteria document consultant, VMDO.

"If you’re interested in the creative process, from imagination to innovation, this is where you come to work with a like-minded community, no matter what your disciplinary origins." 

– Ben Knapp, founding executive director of the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT)

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