Summer 2017 Corps Review | Back
By Shay Barnhart, Corps communications director
Hundreds of cadets will move into New Cadet Hall, the second of two new residence halls for the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, in August.
Construction on the university’s newest residence hall and its surrounding sidewalks, flagpole plaza, and landscaping finished up this summer. The first cadets will begin returning to campus on Aug. 11 to make preparations for the arrival of the cadet Class of 2021, who start new cadet training on Aug. 19.
Tradition and the “VT” sidewalk: The portion of the “T” that runs from the Alumni Mall side up to Lane Hall may only be used by those who have successfully graduated the Corps and certain cadets who are required to perform duties during formation. The top of the “T” that runs the length of Lane Hall may only be used only by upperclass cadets. Freshman may not use it as a shortcut, but they may use it to attend formation and enter Lane Hall. No cadet may step on the two grommets that have been placed at the top of “T.”
New Cadet Hall mirrors Pearson Hall, which opened in 2015. Both are built in the Collegiate Gothic style that characterizes most of Virginia Tech’s main campus and accented with heraldry that celebrates the university’s history, the Corps, and the ROTC units.
The 99,000-square-foot New Cadet Hall contains more than 230 rooms, plus study and lounge spaces on each level.
The rooms and hallways are designed for cadets and their training needs, such as floor tiles in the hallways that are colored and spaced to help cadets practice marching and a mud room that allow cadets to properly clean equipment after outdoor training.
Both buildings’ basement levels contain a kitchen and laundry room for cadets and offices for Corps’ staff. Additionally, New Cadet Hall includes a gym, as well as workspace for the Corps’ physical trainer.
Between the two residence halls is a new plaza featuring an 80-foot flagpole and a maroon-brick sidewalk that forms the largest “VT” on campus to connect Lane, Pearson, and New Cadet halls.
The final piece of the Upper Quad overhaul is the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors-approved Corps Leadership and Military Science Building, which will be placed at the rear of Shank’s Plain.
This building will bring the commandant’s staff and the Virginia Tech ROTC programs together to provide modern office and classroom space, as well as much-needed modern facilities for the Tailor Shop and the Corps Museum.
Construction is set to begin once Richmond legislators act on the university’s construction funding request. Its preliminary design is complete and the private portion of the funds has been raised.
This summer, the final two old residence halls, Monteith and Thomas, are being razed, adding more green space to Upper Quad.
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