The transformation of the Upper Quad to new dormitories and academic space for the Corps of Cadets continues in 2017. Construction started in summer 2013 completed its first phase with the dedication of Pearson Hall in November 2015. Pearson Hall features heraldry items around the exterior of the building, the Corps Crest on the tower, a new lighted and windowed home for Skipper, and a World Time Zones lobby clock featuring six locations where our alumni serve. Each floor has a plaque to recognize Professor Rasche or a Virginia Tech Medal of Honor recipient. Additional features include a company meeting room, mail room, laundry facilities, kitchen, larger sinks in rooms, rifle racks, study lounges, and individual thermostats in rooms.
Replacement construction for Brodie to provide the second new barracks is nearing completion. It will bring our total capacity for housing to more than 1,000 cadets. Check in on construction via the continuous Upper Quad webcam. When the second building is complete, work on the new "VT" formation area in front of Lane Hall will move the flagpole back and a new sidewalk and center stairs will lead from the new "VT" down to Alumni Mall.
Lane Hall, one of the iconic symbols of the Corps’ history, was added to the Virginia Landmarks Register by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources in October 2014 and to the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service in January 2015.
Funded by a combination of State and Private Donations, the third part of this plan is the new Corps Leadership and Military Science Building (CLMS), which will provide a new home for the Commandant's staff, the Rice Center for Leader Development, the Corps of Cadets museum, ROTC staff and programs, and classrooms. With leadership from the VTCCA and generous support of alumni and donors to secure the private donation component of the funding, the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors approved moving into the conceptual and engineering design phase in November 2015. Strong support also extends to those in the commonwealth's executive and legislative branches, who are stepping up to secure the right amount of funding for a growing Corps.
The CLMS capital project represents the first opportunity for the Corps to establish a dedicated building that provides a consolidated focus for our programs and showcases the history of the Corps and the University.