Virginia Tech Biotechnology Center

Location: Blacksburg, Va.

Project type: science biotechnology laboratory

Client: Virginia Tech


  • biotechnology labs
  • classrooms
  • multimedia auditorium
  • atrium connecting to adjacent buildings
  • computer and data processing
  • administrative offices

This 48,000-square-foot laboratory building serves both the university's goals of research and teaching with flexible labs for biotechnology. The facility is devoted to the study of the effects of DNA on the genetics of plants and animals.

The design expresses a contemporary lab building with the structure and mechanical systems articulated on the exterior. The materials mix the campus contextual stone with natural cleft black slate and precast concrete frame and pilaster caps.

Michael Foster of MTFA Architecture designed this project as a part owner of the former firm Cooper-Lecky Architects. This state-of-the-art facility is designed for researchers to have private space for innovative and proprietary research while maintaining dedicated interaction with students. The project includes a 150-seat auditorium designed with a sloped floor and raised platform for intimacy and participation in technological presentations.