Virginia Tech Carilion Biomedical Research Expansion


Project: Virginia Tech Carilion Biomedical Research Facility, Roanoke, Virginia

Architect: AECOM, Roanoke, Virginia

Contractor: SKANSKA USA

Subcontractor: Baird Drywall, Vinton, Virginia

Owner: Carilion Clinic (Private) and Virginia Tech (Public)


Project Description:

The new four-story, 139,000-square-foot Virginia Tech Carilion Biomedical Research building will expand biomedical research on the Virginia Tech Carilion Health Sciences and Technology Campus. It will connect to an existing four-story, 152,000-plus-square-foot Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute via an elevated walkway. The original building has a medical school, research institute and lower-level parking.

The expansion portion will serve as a hub for five major thematic areas: brain health and disorders, cardiovascular science, infection diseases and immunology, metabolism and obesity, and body device interfaces. It will house next-generation instrumentation, including those for molecular, cellular, whole-body imaging and computing. There will also be wet laboratories, requiring direct ventilation and specialized piped utilities for water and various gases, MRI and CT scanning, high-resolution electron microscopy, necropsy and pathology. To introduce some natural elements, this new addition will also feature an atrium and multiple green roofs.




National Gypsum building products specified for the expansion project include:


  • 5/8” Gold Bond® eXP® Sheathing: 51 MSF
  • 5/8” Gold Bond® eXP® Interior Extreme®: 26 MSF
  • 5/8” Gold Bond® SoundBreak® XP® Wall Board: 85 MSF
  • 5/8” Gold Bond® XP® Fire-Shield® Gypsum Board: 385 MSF
  • 5/8” PermaBase® Cement Board: 5 MSF
  • ProForm® All Purpose Joint Compound: 8,000 Gallons