When you think of a college research facility, your mind conjures up images of ivy-covered walls and gothic architecture. This picture couldn’t be farther from reality for Virginia Tech’s Research Center in Arlington's Ballston neighborhood. With its sweeping and curved glass exterior reflecting the street scenes of Glebe Road, this seven-story, 144,000 square feet LEED Silver building is one of the coolest workplaces in the county.
Completed in June 2011, the Virginia Tech Research Center at 900 N. Glebe Road was designed to further the university’s mission to expand its research portfolio in the National Capital Region. Location was a major factor in the construction of this building, and Virginia Tech was strategic in choosing this Ballston site. After all, they're just steps awayfrom the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). They are also down the street from the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center. In addition to partnerships with these and other government research agencies, the Research Center is also partnering with other public and private sector entities. L-3 Communications opened a cybersecurity lab at the Arlington campus last year. This National Security Solutions Center unites 100 of L-3’s cybersecurity experts with Virginia Tech researchers to advance the cause of cybersecurity research and development.
And it’s not just what is going in the building that makes it cool. The physical space itself makes it a unique and collaborative venue for doing business. The interior is decked out in predominantly white reflective materials, with hints of shocking red or red-orange smartly placed throughout. The orange hues of the woods and the white and grey marble are a perfect marriage with the tan and hite leather-clad seating. The center offers state-of-the-art conference rooms and presentation facilities, all decked out in the latest technology. With all the modern finishes, the designers of this magnificent space didn’t let you forget that this is still a Virginia Tech by placing walls of Hokie Stone in the main lobby and second-floor reception area. The Virginia Tech Research Center is a true testament of strong roots to the past with clear eyes to the future.
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