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National Capital Region History

Virginia Tech is firmly planted in the National Capital Region (NCR) and continues to advance the university missions of instruction, research, and outreach. With humble beginnings in a Reston farmhouse, which served as a graduate center in 1969, the National Capital Region campuses today include the Northern Virginia Center (NVC) in Falls Church, and the Washington Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC) and an adjacent building on Prince Street in Old Town Alexandria. Some 1,077 graduate students are enrolled in more than 45 graduate degree programs taught by 120 full-time faculty members. In fiscal year (FY) 2010, NCR reported $10.9 million in sponsored research and the region’s outreach program provided noncredit educational services to 1,681 individuals.

The following timeline provides a look at how Virginia Tech has grown and continually affirms a strong presence in the National Capital Region by adding buildings, creating new graduate programs and research centers, and forming notable collaborations and partnerships that further foster education and research.

Farm House

In 1969, Virginia Tech opens the door to its first graduate center in the region, located in a Reston farmhouse.





Dulles Airport

Having outgrown space in the Reston farmhouse, Virginia Tech moves its graduate center to the first floor of the Dulles International Airport Gateway 1 building in 1973.





Telestar

In 1981, Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia move their shared graduate center to Telestar Court in Falls Church.





EMC

(left to right) Former Virginia Tech President William Lavery, former Westmoreland Davis Memorial Foundation Trustee Leonard T. Scully, Senator John Warner, Mrs. Jean Ellen duPont Shehan, University of Maryland President Dr. John Toll and Dr. G. Frederick Fregin cut the ribbon at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center's dedication ceremony in October 1984.

Students Vist FDR Memorial in Washington DC

Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center at 17690 Old Waterford Road at Morven Park





WAAC

The Virginia Tech Foundation purchases a historic building at 1001 Prince Street in Old Town Alexandria in 1991 to house the College of Architecture and Urban Studies’ Washington Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC). Built in 1910 as the Lee School for Girls, the building was a City of Alexandria public school until 1980.





NVC

In 1997, Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia dedicates the Northern Virginia Center (NVC), a 105,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art graduate center located adjacent to the West Falls Church Metro station. At the ribbon cutting ceremony (left to right) were: Paul Torgersen, President, Virginia Tech; John Casteen, President, University of Virginia; Dale Dover, Mayor of Falls Church; Katherine Hanley, Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; U.S. Senator Chuck Robb; U.S. Representative Tom Davis, and Virginia Delegate Bob Hull.



NVC

Northern Virgina Center, 7054 Haycock Road, Falls Church.





ARI

In 1999, Virginia Tech launches the Alexandria Research Institute (ARI), headquartered at 405 South Washington Street, Old Town Alexandria. ARI, which provides a platform for engineering and computer science researchers to interact with their counterparts in academia, government, and industry in the metropolitan DC area, was renamed Advanced Research Institute and moved to Arlington in 2005.





1021 Prince

In 2003, the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech and other graduate programs move into a newly-renovated building, purchased by the Virginia Tech Foundation, at 1021 Prince Street.





ARI in Arlington

The Alexandria Research Institute is renamed Advanced Research Institute and moves from Old Town Alexandria to 4300 Wilson Boulevard in the Ballston area of Arlington in 2005.





Virginia Tech President Charles Steger addresses graduates speech

Virginia Tech President Charles Steger addresses graduates at the 25th National Capital Region commencement ceremony in 2005.





The first cohort at MBA department

The first cohort in the Pamplin College of Business Executive MBA Program graduates in 2005. The graduates are pictured here with former Vice President Walter Mondale who addressed participants and guests during a ceremony at Mount Vernon.





President Charles Steger answers questions

President Charles Steger answers questions during a press event to launch the Energy Efficiency Partnership of Greater Washington in 2007.





Congressman Jim Moran as a guest speaker

Congressman Jim Moran, of Virginia's Eighth Congressional District, was a guest speaker when Virginia Tech President Charles Steger announced in 2008 that Virginia Tech is building a major research center in the Ballston area of Arlington.





Artist Rendering of Ballston Building

Artist rendering of major research center in Ballston, scheduled to open in late 2010.





Students Vist FDR Memorial in Washington DC

In 2009, construction begins on Virginia Tech’s major research center in the Ballston area of Arlington. Left to right, Seong K Mun, professor of Physics and research fellow at the Virginia Tech Institute for Advanced Study; Charles Steger, president, Virginia Tech; Jim Bohland, vice president and executive director, Virginia Tech National Capital Region Operations; John Dooley, vice president for Outreach and International Affairs; Ted Settle, director, Office of Economic Development; and Bob Walters, vice president for research visited the site.





Students Vist FDR Memorial in Washington DC

Early in 2011, the Washington Alexandria Architecture Center expanded its footprint in Old Town Alexandria, leasing additional space at 901 Prince Street.





Students Vist FDR Memorial in Washington DC

More than 150 people gathered at the Virginia Tech Research Center—Arlington in mid-June 2011 to Meet the Scientists at Virginia Tech and network.





Students Vist FDR Memorial in Washington DC

Cutting the ribbon at Virginia Tech Research Center -- Arlington in June 2011 are left to right, Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger; Congressman Jim Moran; National Capital Region Operations Vice President and Executive Director Jim Bohland, and Arlington County Board Chairman Chris Zimmerman.





Students Vist FDR Memorial in Washington DC

Virginia Tech Research Center – Arlington at 900 N. Glebe Rd.





601 Prince Street

Virginia Tech Research Center – Arlington at 900 N. Glebe Rd.The Virginia Tech Foundation purchases a historic building at 601 Prince Street in 2013 to expand the College of Architecture and Urban Studies’ Washington Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC) in Old Town Alexandria. Built in 1840 for the Second Presbyterian Church, the structure was extensively remodeled in 1889 by Virginia-born architect and historian Glenn Brown in a Romanesque Revival style. In 1907 the building was featured in a brochure designed for the Alexandria Tercentennial.