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Potential 2017 Master Plan for VT unveiled to community

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BLACKSBURG (WSLS) The 2017 Master Plan for Virginia Tech is still in the beginning phase and they're hoping to get the feedback from the public to help create a new vision for the next 10 years and beyond.

Maps and layouts of what the Virginia Tech campus could look like in the years to come were displayed during a short presentation on campus Tuesday evening.

The university and a consulting group from Boston, Sasaki Associates are working to develop an updated vision of the physical plans for the campus.

The focus is on infrastructure, transportation, the use of space and students.

"Looking to district planning land-use, how do we enhance student initiatives as it relates to housing, recreation, dining and overall student wellness. We're looking at opportunities for a creativity innovation district in Blacksburg," said Jason Soileau, University Architect and Assistant Vice President of Planning.

Student were also able to add their input.

"I think ultimately the students know our every day lives and we know what we want and was kind a lacking and hard for us to do. It's cool they are taking into account the need for larger meeting spaces through your campus," said Sofia Jorgenson, Sophomore at Virginia Tech.

The master plan for Virginia Tech is updated every 10 years. Since 2006 the campus has grown tremendously, adding 38 percent with new buildings. To expand the university outside of the Blacksburg, Roanoke and northern Virginia will also be included in the future plan that put in action nine months ago.

"We've really been listening the opportunities and concerns and where should we go with this plan and this is the first opportunity where we are actually starting to put out the initial concepts," said Soileau.

The master plan is hoping to be complete by the end of this year.