Virginia Tech has opened a new research center in Northern Virginia, extending the school's presence in the Washington region.
Based in Arlington County's Ballston neighborhood, the Virginia Tech Research Center is close to federal government agencies and corporations, according to university officials. It also allows Virginia Tech to gather its man Northern Virginia researchers all in one place.
The 144,000 square-foot center is located at 900 N. Glebe Road -- just a few blocks from the current office of the National Science Foundation, and from where a new building for the Defense Research Projects Agency is being constructed.
The exterior of the Virginia Tech research building includes exhibit space, an outdoor terrace restaurant, and abundant green space. Virginia Tech officials unveiled the facility at an opening ceremony June 29.
A number of Virginia Tech research facilities and institutes previously located elsewhere in Northern Virginia have relocated to the Arlington center. The groups include the Advanced Research Center, the Center for Geospatial Information Technology and the Virginia Tech Bioinformatics Institute.