Learning Center Conceptual Design At Fishburn Forest

The Fishburn property is a site of about 1,400 acres located about 6 miles west of the Virginia Tech Blacksburg campus.  It was donated to Virginia Tech by Junius B. Fishburn, former president of the Southwest Virginia Trust Co. and former owner of the Roanoke Times. Approximately 1,350 acres is owned by Virginia Tech and the remaining 53 acres by the Virginia Tech Foundation.  The Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation (Dept of FREC) manages the property and uses it as a living lab for a variety of classes that require field work.

The College of Natural Resources, with leadership from the Department of Forest Resources and the Environment, would like to build a learning center that could serve a variety of uses including supporting the educational activities of the Department; renting the facility to other groups for meetings, conferences, weddings, and community functions; and opening the site more formally to the public. 

The CDAC design team worked with a group of project stakeholders from the College of Natural Resources and the Environment to develop preliminary designs for a learning center on two possible locations within the Fishburn property. From these initial ideas, a single site was chosen and a final conceptual master plan was prepared.

Programing elements for the learning center include:

     - A multiple-purpose meeting room with capacity for up

       to 50 people

     - Kitchen

     - Restrooms

     - Classroom space

     - Caretakers facility (possibly phase 2 or 3)

To view the final design concepts, click on the links below:

- 11x17, Final Conceptual Master Plan for the LearningCenter

- 11x17, Interior perspective of the multi-purpose room

11x17, Final Concept for the caretaker's residence

- 11x17, Final Conceptual Site Landscape Master Plan


Student design team: Peter Dunne, Jen Jessup, Gray Pieri, Liam Smith, and Milo Wan