Our Communities of Practice

The Safety, Health and Well-being Community of Practice is comprised of teaching, research, and industry engagement projects that seek to achieve significant safety and health performance outcomes in the industry for the well-being of workers and the betterment of communities.
The Smart Design and Construction Community of Practice is comprised of teaching, research, and industry engagement projects that support planning, designing and constructing an intelligent and adaptable built environment for improved performance, resilience and sustainability.
The Human-Centered Issues Community of Practice (COP) is comprised of teaching, research, and outreach projects that support a sustainable, well-led, productive, and human-centric built environment.
The Infrastructure and Project Management Community of Practice (COP) focuses on teaching, research, and outreach projects that seek to improve the management of infrastructure and construction projects.

News & Announcements

The Myers-Lawson School of Construction held their semi-annual Hard-Hatting Ceremony on Friday, May 11, 2018. The ceremony recognizes graduating undergraduates in Building Construction, Construction Engineering and Management, Masters and Doctoral graduates in Building Construction as well as The Vecellio Construction and Engineering and Management Program. 

The spring semester is wrapping up, graduation is quickly approaching and seniors completed their Spring 2018 Design / Build Senior Capstone Project.  The Spring 2018 capstone project scope of work included a full services Design Build proposal for the redevelopment of the infield at Richmond International Raceway. This includes the demolition of infield existing facilities, new garages, garage support areas and operational spaces, club or hospitality place, new media center, new fan zone, new pedestrian tunnel and other additional features.

A group of graduate and undergraduate students from the Myers-Lawson School of Construction and the School of Architecture and Design teamed up to work on a Net Zero Elementary School project, which has been submitted to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Race to Zero Student Design Competition. The team competed with more than 80 other teams for an invitation to present at the annual showdown at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to identify finalists and grand winners.

Dr. Simmon's article selected as Jornal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education & Practice Editors Choice

Brooke's research goal is to understand how students best learn from international service learning experiences while increasing the value of their projects (e.g. infrastructure) in the communities in which they are working. 

The Virginia Tech Office of Sustainability, through their Green RFP program, awarded $13,500 funding to support sustainability initiatives of two Ph.D. students in Building Construction.