With a long and storied history on Virginia Tech’s campus, the Corps of Cadets occupies a prominent location on the historic Upper Quad. Over recent years, the Corps’ numbers have swelled to almost 1,100, outgrowing their existing residential facilities, which were in need of modernization or replacement. Due to age and inadequate infrastructure, it was determined that the two existing Upper Quad dormitories for the cadets could not be renovated, and Virginia Tech’s Office of University Planning launched a national design competition to evaluate potential design partners.
Clark Nexsen’s winning concept for the master planning of the entire Upper Quad and the design of two new, state-of-the-art residential facilities was established around the goal of returning the Upper Quad to its former glory. By blending the most engaging elements of the historic layout with modern residence hall trends and standards, our planners, architects, and engineers developed a solution that Virginia Tech felt reinforced the university’s sense of place and identity.
Through a phased process, new residence halls housing 1,100 students replaced the two older dormitories. Traditional double and triple bedrooms with community bathrooms reflect the military lifestyle of the Corps. Featuring community spaces such as study rooms, lounges, and kitchens as well as Corps-geared spaces including Company meeting rooms and a historical display room, the new Upper Quad Residence Halls were designed to positively impact every aspect of cadet life.