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

Dr. Abiola Akanmu, assistant professor in the Myers Lawson School of Construction, is leading the grant, “Impact of Interactive Holographic Scenes in Learning Applications of Data Sensing and Modeling.”

Environmental Design and Planning doctoral student Zachary Gould is part of Virginia Tech's largest cohort of Fulbright U.S. Student grant recipients in university history. 

Zach will research energy consumption patterns of families living in homes connected to microgrids in Arusha, Tanzania. Microgrids are miniature versions of the electric grid. Gould hopes to design a microgrid system that will allow for energy autonomy in remote villages, paving the way for more efficient policies in Tanzania.

Forrester Construction has been named the winner of a National Safety Excellence Award from Associated Builders and Contractors.

Teams competing in the Solar Decathlon Design Challenge develop creative solutions for real-world issues in the building industry. From originally more than 80 entries, 48 teams were invited as finalists in 6 divisions to attend the Solar Decathlon Design Challenge Weekend. In the end, 45 teams presented their designs to a panel of industry expert jurors, compared their projects to those of other teams, learned from presentations by thought leaders and collegiate peers, and engaged with a variety of organizations about energy careers.

On February 5th, The Myers-Lawson School of Construction sent three student teams to the Associated Schools of Construction Student Competition and Construction Management Conference in Reno, Nevada. 21 students represented the Myers-Lawson School of Construction and competed against numerous universities across the United States. The Project Management Team consisting of Joe O’Neal, Brian Maloney, Matt O’Neill, Kurtis Meyer, John Weiss, Johnny Micka and Alley LaBossiere walked away with a 1st place win for Virginia Tech.

Its always great to connect our students to opportunities that allow them to travel abroad, immerse themselves in different cultures and practice their construction skills. Over winter break, a group of students traveled to Peru while another group traveled to Rwanda.