BioBuild Symposium

Registration is now open!

April 26TH 2:00-8:00 pm

Holtzman Alumni Center, The Inn at Virginia Tech

Join us April 2018 in Blacksburg, VA for BioBuild Symposium: Building with Nature. Explore stories of research, design, and building with a special focus on bio-inspired and bio-integrative buildings and communities. Faculty and students from Virginia Tech, as well as community leaders from across Virginia, will share lessons learned from innovative connections between building systems and biological systems.

Symposium Schedule:

2:00 - 4:00 PM | WORKSHOP | Living Building Challenge

This two-hour workshop will present an introduction to sustainable building certification systems, with a special focus on the Living Building Challenge system. Featuring Mr. Jason Wirick, project manager for the Center for Sustainable Landscapes at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, PA, the workshop will provide an overview of the LBC structure and requirements along with other common rating systems, and describe practical tips and lessons learned from certifications pursued at Phipps Conservatory under LBC, LEED, and the WELL Building standards. | May be eligible for self-reporting CEU credit.

4:00 - 5:00 PM | R&R | Research and Refreshments

Enjoy light refreshments while visiting posters highlighting the BioBuild program. BioBuild students will introduce you to some of the cutting edge research, education, and outreach activities ongoing at Virginia Tech under the BioBuild Program. You’ll learn more about ways you can get involved with some of the groundbreaking work we’re doing to improve synergy between the built and natural environments.

5:00 - 6:30 PM | BIOBUILD SYMPOSIUM | Mark Hourigan

Featuring keynote speaker and Hourigan Construction CEO Mark Hourigan, the Symposium will focus on presenting the story of the Brock Environmental Center, the first LBC certified building in Virginia. Located at Pleasure House Point in Virginia Beach, the Brock Environmental Center is among the first buildings in America to demonstrate energy and water independence. Mark will discuss not only this landmark project, but also his vision as a leader in the construction industry for where we are headed and what we need to do to move toward a sustainable future.


Stay after Mark’s talk to network with design and construction professionals working on sustainable projects, plus Virginia Tech faculty and students involved in BioBuild initiatives.

General Public Registration:

VT Faculty, Staff and Graduate Student Registration: