With a “topping-off ceremony” to raise the last beam into the framework, the Virginia Tech Carilion Biomedical Research Addition reached the halfway point in construction. The $90 million building is on schedule to open in the spring of 2020.
It will double the research capacity of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, which was renamed the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC in recognition of a record $50 million gift to Virginia Tech from the Horace G. Fralin Charitable Trust and Heywood and Cynthia Fralin. The gift was the most generous donation in the university’s 146-year history—twice as large as any other single gift. It will support recruiting and retaining world-leading biomedical researchers and accelerate development of the Virginia Tech Carilion Health Sciences and Technology Campus.