Virginia Western Community College Stem Building

Signature Sciences/Lab Project • Repeat Client • Constrained Project Site • Maintain On-Going Campus Activities

Branch Builds was selected over strong national competition for this state-of-the-art, high-tech STEM Building, adding to our impressive science/lab project resume. The facility, dedicated to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, is the largest on-campus and was designed with input from faculty and staff to serve the region’s growing needs.

The four-story steel-frame building has approximately 72,000 square feet of high-tech academic classroom, two-tiered lecture, laboratory, and administrative space. It houses engineering and engineering technology programs and includes multiple science, math, computer, electronic, mechatronics, and fabrication labs. A unique feature of this facility is the STEM STREAM area that consists of a teaching flume, interactive display pool, and natural outdoor water environment. Departmental offices, faculty offices, and collaborative student study and gathering spaces are located throughout the building.

VWCC’s president and a Virginia Community College System representative praised the Branch Builds STEM Building project team at the ribbon cutting and open house event on October 17, 2019. More than 300 attendees heard from local elected officials, business leaders, and students about the impact the new facility will have on growing the local economy through collaboration and innovation.

Location: Roanoke, VA

Owner: Virginia Western Community College

Architect: SFCS

Size: 72,000sf