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Posted by on Tue, 04/04/2017 - 10:23am

Virginia Tech's push to implement a groundbreaking model of cross-cutting education and research is poised to take a major leap forward.

Pending consideration and approval by the university's Board of Visitors, Virginia Tech will launch the planning and design phase for $78.45 million in projects supporting the Intelligent Infrastructure for Human-Centered Communities Destination Area of strategic emphasis. The board will be presented an authorizing resolution April 3.

President Tim Sands' vision has inspired $25 million in philanthropy toward a central component of the destination area, accelerating the timetable for a two-building Intelligent Infrastructure and Construction Complex and multiple related projects.

"Drawing $25 million in private support is quite an endorsement for the direction President Sands is charting for the university," Board of Visitors Rector Jim Chapman said.

The project is essential to an effort led by Sands and Executive Vice President and Provost Thanassis Rikakis to build research and teaching capacity by leveraging Virginia Tech's nationally leading programs in smart construction, autonomous vehicles, ubiquitous mobility, and energy systems through an infrastructure-related destination area.

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