Research Center — Arlington

Virginia Tech Research Center - Arlington

The Virginia Tech Research Center — Arlington, at 900 N. Glebe Road, is a highly visible state-of-the-art facility designed to further the university’s mission to expand its research portfolio in the National Capital Region. The region offers great opportunity for partnerships with corporate research entities and close proximity to government agencies and other public and private-sector organizations. The building is located in the vibrant Ballston district of Arlington, a short distance from many of the leading science and research agencies of the federal government and many high-technology companies.

The seven-floor, 144,000-square-foot Virginia Tech Research Center — Arlington is U.S. Green Council LEED-certified. The exterior of the building, designed by Cooper Carry, features first floor amenities which include retail, exhibits, an outdoor terrace restaurant, and abundant green space. The interior, designed by Gensler, includes computational laboratories, offices, and a conference center to accommodate meetings, forums, symposia, and other events. The second floor conference center is available to the science and technology communities throughout the region for meetings and events not specifically related to the university, and two of the seven floors in the building not occupied by Virginia Tech are available for commercial lease.

The building is among the best connected research facilities in the world, incorporating next-generation Internet with direct fiber access to Internet 2 and multiple federal networks. High-performance connectivity links this research center to Virginia Tech's main campus in Blacksburg, as well as to other major universities. The network provides access to international peering points in New York, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Florida, and the building includes a secure data center for high performance computing (HPC)-based research.

A number of established Virginia Tech research centers and institutes are located in this facility.

The Virginia Tech Research Center — Arlington is owned by the Virginia Tech Foundation which has developed other Virginia Tech facilities in the National Capital Region, the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg and the Washington Alexandria Architecture Center in Alexandria.


By Metro

The research center is about a five minute walk from the Ballston-MU Metro Station on the Orange and Silver lines. Exit the station and turn west on Fairfax Drive. Cross N. Glebe Road, the make an immediate left. The building is mid-block.

Details about using the Metro can be found on WMTA web site.

Driving Directions

From Washington D.C. (from the East)

  • Take I-66 West to Exit 71 (N. Glebe Rd.)
  • At the light at the top of the ramp, turn left (south) onto N. Glebe Rd.
  • Turn right onto Ninth St.
  • Turn right into parking garage under the Virginia Tech Research Center, 900 N. Glebe Rd.

From the West

  • Take I-66* East to Exit 71 (North Fairfax Drive)
  • Stay in the right hand lane after the first traffic light at N. Wakefield St.
  • Turn right at the second light onto N. Glebe Rd. (Rte 120) toward Wilson Blvd., which is the next light beyond Fairfax Ave.
  • Turn right onto Ninth St.
  • Turn right into parking garage under the Virginia Tech Research Center, 900 N. Glebe Rd.

*I-66 from the West is HOV from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Monday through Friday.

From the North

  • Follow I-95 or I-270 South to Interstate 495 (Outer-loop, West toward Northern Virginia).
  • Take I-495 to Left Exit 45B (State Route 267)
  • SR-267 joins with I- 66 East
  • Follow directions above, “From the West”

From the South (using I-495)

  • Follow I-95 North to I-495 West (Inner-loop toward Tyson’s Corner)
  • Take I-495 West and North to Exit 49B (I-66 East to Washington)
  • Follow directions above, “From the West”

From the South (using I-395)

  • Take I-95 North to Interstate 395 North
  • Continue on I-395 to Exit 7B (S. Glebe Rd.)
  • Continue north on Glebe Rd. to Wilson Blvd.
  • Turn left on Wilson Blvd.
  • Turn right on N. Wakefield St.
  • Make next right on Ninth St.
  • Turn left into parking garage under the Virginia Tech Research Center, 900 N. Glebe Rd.