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 Department of FREC 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. Two possible locations for the facility have been selected by FREC representatives.
Preliminary programing elements for the building include:
- A meeting hall for 50 people max
- Offices (possibly a phase 2)
- Caretakers facility (possibly phase 2 or 3)
Preliminary programming elements for the site include:
- Area(s) for storytelling/education based on the
history of the site (Appalachian forest, coal, civil
war, timber harvesting, Native American)
Student design team: Peter Dunne, Liam Smith, and Milo Wan