About MLSoC

A beacon shines from Blacksburg.  The Myers-Lawson School of Construction is the product of many hard working and generous faculty, staff, students and alumni from the Civil and Environmental Engineering (Vecellio Construction Engineering and Management Program) and Building Construction Departments at Virginia Tech.  Even a casual contextual understanding of these two departments reveals they are housed within highly ranked and respected Colleges, the College of Engineering, and the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, respectively. 

Director's Welcome Message


Long-standing relationships are unique among friends. Books are written about such distinctive friendships. And, for Virginia Tech, the more than 30-year friendship between A. Ross Myers and John R. Lawson, II, that started in their college days in Blacksburg is a dream come true. The two alumni who met as Virginia Tech undergraduates and members of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity are sharing equally in a $10 million pledge to found the Virginia Tech School of Construction at their alma mater. 

Read about our founding history

About Our Graphic Element

What better symbol for construction than the Hokie Stone, a Southwestern Virginia limestone designed into a Neo-gothic Campus built environment. The Hokie Stone structure represents the resilience and sustainability of our mission. The arrangement of the stones represents both vertical and horizontal construction and is inspired by the initials of our co-founders, Ross Myers and John Lawson.  The element applies these Virginia Tech palette colors:  Hokie Stone Grey, Landgrant Grey, Skipper Smoke, Virginia Sunset, and Black.  These colors represent our 5 guiding principles.  


The mission of the Myers-Lawson School of Construction is to enhance Virginia Tech’s strong position of national leadership in construction, outreach, research and education.  The School will provide opportunities for faculty, alumni, students and ideas to flow across disciplines, departments and nations through collaboration, cooperation and contribution to a common vision.



The Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech shall be the constant beacon for innovation and excellence in construction outreach, research, and education. 

Full Mission Statement and Vision & Guiding Principles