Virginia Tech in the D.C. area
Virginia Tech in the Greater Washington DC Area is dedicated to furthering the university's three missions – education, research, and outreach. With facilities, faculty, graduate degrees, and research in the region since 1969, Virginia Tech has a long tradition of creating new knowledge and applying it to the critical problems facing the Washington D.C. area, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world.
View a complete history of Virginia Tech’s presence in the Greater Washington DC Area.
Virginia Tech Innovation Campus
In 2018 Virginia Tech announced the launch of the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus in Alexandria’s Potomac Yard District, about two miles from Amazon's new location in Arlington. The university's Innovation Campus will triple Virginia Tech’s footprint in Northern Virginia and will be a magnet for leading tech talent, research, and education. The first building will open in 2024 and will include 300,000 square feet of academic space and cutting-edge research and development facilities. Additional space in the district will support corporate partnerships of the university. The broader district will include commercial retail, housing and office space.
While the new space is being developed, students will attend courses virtually and at Virginia Tech’s Northern Virginia Center located in Falls Church. Development of the new campus and its academic programs is being led from start-up space at 3000 Potomac Avenue, just a few blocks from the site of the new campus. This start-up space opened in 2020 and is referred to as Innovation Campus HQ.
Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center
1001 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA
Since 1980, the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center has served as an urban extension of the Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design. Located in historic Alexandria, VA, less than eight miles from Washington, DC, the WAAC offers a unique professional learning environment with an interdisciplinary, international, individual focus. Our pedagogy emphasizes freedom and responsibility as partners in ethical design practice.
Students have the freedom to choose their own studio and thesis projects, then take on the responsibility to realize those projects. We inspire students to chart their own career paths and become the architects or urban designers they want to become.
Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute
900 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA
Virginia Tech has had a presence in Arlington since 2005 when the Advanced Research Institute (ARI) – launched in Alexandria as the Alexandria Research Institute in 1999 – was renamed and relocated to leased space on Wilson Boulevard in the Ballston area of Arlington.
In June 2011 the university opened the doors of its newly built Virginia Tech Research Center – Arlington at 900 N. Glebe Road., designed as a nucleus for discovery to expand the university's capability for new scientific inquiry and to extend its footprint in the Washington, D.C., metro area. ARI and a number of other already established Virginia Tech research centers and institutes, previously located throughout the northern Virginia area, moved to this facility. In close proximity to government agencies and other public and private-sector organizations, the Ballston location offers great opportunity for partnerships with corporate research entities.
The research center is owned by the Virginia Tech Foundation.
Research in the center is organized around five focused themes: Cyber-security; Medical Technologies and imaging; Policy Informatics; Alternative Energy; and Global, National and Community Security.
Northern Virginia Center
7054 Haycock Road, Falls Church, VA
In 1969 Virginia Tech launched its first northern Virginia graduate center in a Reston, Va., farmhouse, not far from Falls Church. Having outgrown that space by 1973, Virginia Tech moved to shared space with the University of Virginia on the first floor of the Dulles International Airport Gateway 1 building. In 1981, the two universities moved their graduate centers to Telestar Court in Falls Church where they remained for the next 16 years.
Then, in 1997, Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia dedicated the Northern Virginia Center (NVC), 7054 Haycock Road, a 105,000-square-foot building located adjacent to the West Falls Church Metro station.
Administrative offices for the center and for the Graduate School in the Washington ,D.C., metro area are headquartered in the Falls Church facility.
Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center
17690 Old Waterford Road, Leesburg, VA
Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Virginia, was created in 1984 through a gift from the late Marion duPont Scott, the donation of 200 acres of land at Morven Park from the Westmoreland Davis Memorial Foundation, and contributions from the private sector for equipment purchases. Located in the heart of Virginia horse country, it has since become a premier, full-service equine hospital that offers comprehensive specialty care, 24-hour emergency treatment, and diagnostic services for all ages and breeds of horses.
As a campus of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, the center was one of the first university veterinary hospitals in the eastern United States to concentrate exclusively on equine medicine and research. In its first three decades of operation, the center established a reputation for excellence in emergency care, surgery, and diagnostic imaging, most notably at the forefront of discovery and scholarship in the area of colic.
Just a short drive from the major stables, courses, and tracks in both Virginia and Maryland, the hospital now sees more than 2,500 patients annually and has a renewed focus on emergency and critical care, sports medicine, regenerative medicine, and neonatal and reproductive services. The center serves the region’s private practitioners by working collaboratively to diagnose and treat cases and by providing opportunities for advanced continuing education. The center also provides specialized training for residents, interns, and veterinary students.
Occoquan Watershed Monitoring Laboratory
9408 Prince William Street, Manassas, VA
The Occoquan Watershed Monitoring Laboratory (OWML) was established in 1972 to serve as an unbiased source of scientific monitoring and information for the nation’s first deliberate indirect potable reuse program. This program, which has operated successfully for the last 50 years, provides a drought-proof, environmentally sensitive, and high quality source of water for nearly 2 million residents in Fairfax County, Virginia. Extramural support for the OWML has grown from $300-400,000 in 1972 to about $1.5-2 million, today.
The historical public-service focus of the lab is giving way to a hybrid model, in which the core monitoring program is a metaphorical launch pad for extramurally funded research programs aimed at solving some of the most vexing grand challenges of our time. To realize this vision, the lab recently hired three academic (Teaching and Research) staff, including two Assistant Professors and a Full Professor, with academic appointments in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech, bringing the total to four. This academic investment expands on 2 research associates and 10 full and part-time field, laboratory and support staff who shepherd the OWML’s ongoing monitoring responsibilities. This unique mix of academic and professional staff provides an exciting bench-to-practice environment for the lab’s 3 M.S. and 7 Ph.D. students.
Virginia Agricultural Research and Extension Centers
5527 Sillivans Mill Road
The Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension (MARE) Center was established in 1949 through the generous donation of land and facilities by the late Paul Mellon. The farm covers 420 acres in the heart of Northern Virginia's hunt country, and is home to Virginia Tech's internationally-regarded sporthorse breeding program. When Mr. Mellon passed in 1999, he left an endowment to the center to fund research, teaching and outreach activities focusing on the horse.
For more than a decade, the MARE Center has been instrumental in advancing the frontier of knowledge related to the care and well-being of the horse. Many of today's common practices regarding equine nutrition, growth and development, pasture management and exercise physiology were developed as a result of research conducted at the Center. Today, we continue the rich tradition of research in pasture-based nutrition, and have expanded our discovery efforts to include additional disciplines of genetics, immunology, reproduction and behavior.