BLACKSBURG, Va., July 13, 2007 - Virginia Tech is seeking proposals from architectural/engineering firms to expand the existing building of the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI). The addition to the existing Phase II bioinformatics facility of VBI would comprise approximately 50,000 square feet of new building space to accommodate growth in  research activities and the needs of employees in the years ahead.

Virginia Bioinformatics InstituteThe envisaged space requirements include private and open office space for faculty, researchers, research associates, and support personnel as well as additional conference and meeting space of varying sizes for all VBI research groups. An approximately 2,000 net square foot dining area is also foreseen for the facility. The building extension will be used accommodate the Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory (NDSSL), which is currently located at the Corporate Research Center, and growth of VBI research groups like the Cyberinfrastructure group.

In order to realize this project, the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is seeking the professional services of an architectural/engineering firm authorized to do business in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The firm should have experience in the planning, design and construction of academic, administrative and research facilities in a university setting. 

A pre-proposal conference will be held on July 17, 2007, at 3:00 pm in the Physical Plant Classroom, Sterrett Facilities Complex, located on the Virginia Tech campus.  Attendance is not mandatory.

Project scope, services required, evaluation and selection criteria are more fully described in the Request for Proposal dated July 8, 2007.  To obtain a Request For Proposal (RFP), please visit the Capital Design & Construction's website at or submit a letter of interest by fax or mail to

F. Curtis Elswick, VCCO
Capital Design and Construction (0129)
Virginia Tech
90 Sterrett Facilities Complex
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

Phone: (540) 2314074; Fax: (540) 231 9345


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Published by Public Relations, July 15, 2007