** Research Park Alerts **

RESEARCH PARK ALERTS → When a situation arises in which the research park determines that immediate action is required or if information impacts the park and employees, a notification will be posted on this web page.

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COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Resources and Updates

  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention {Link}
  • Virginia Tech status updates {Link}
  • Virginia Tech COVID-19 information updates {Link}
  • Virginia Department of Health {Link}
  • SBA Disaster Assistance (additional resources below) {Link}

Paycheck Protection Program Overview {PDF} {Sample form}

Employee rights: paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under the families first coronavirus response act {PDF}

Quick jump: VTCRC Administrative Office Hours

Posted: March 27, 2020:

Tenant message

  • Tillerman Coffee Co. will remain closed during the week of March 30 - April 3, 2020.

Posted: March 25, 2020:

The health and safety of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center community is a top priority for us. We are making continuous updates to our operations as we monitor COVID-19 and guidelines as outlined by Virginia Tech, State of Virginia, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Our janitorial services will be increased with an emphasis on high-volume touchpoints in common areas such as door handles and conference room tables/arm chairs. We continue to maintain wall-mounted soap dispensers in all restrooms.

** Each building will be notified when we are conducting this service, which will begin March 25, 2020.

If you would like to have our staff access your suite and provide extra wiping down of doorknobs only, please contact Clay Hodges, so that he may work out a schedule with you for access to your space. Additionally, if you wish to inquire about extra cleaning services beyond your current scope, please understand this would be the responsibility of the tenant to pay. Clay can also assist you with these and other janitorial questions.

#Posted: March 20, 2020:

FOR OUR TENANTS: We are making continuous updates to our operations as we monitor COVID-19 and guidelines as outlined by Virginia Tech, State of Virginia, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
This is an unprecedented situation … and we are doing our best to be responsive to our clients, employees, and customers who are all impacted by this global pandemic.
 
To do our part, the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center Administrative Office (1715 Pratt Drive, Suite 1000) will cease office hours beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 until further notice. During this time, while we cannot interact with you in person, we will still carry on with regular business to serve your needs.
 
We are here for you! You may call our office with questions at 540-961-3600 (M-F 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.). We will be responding to your questions and directing them to the appropriate staff.
 
The services that we are temporarily halting, include:

  • Issuing of Virginia Tech parking passes
  • Verification signatures for Hokie Passport requests
  • Projector use
  • Notary services
  • Dry cleaning pick up/drop off

We are asking all tenants to provide an email address to receive invoices electronically if you are not already receiving them this way. Please send your preferred email to Devon Brodkin at Devon.Brodkin@vtcrc.com.

Additional questions you may have:
 
Q. What if I have an emergency?
A. During normal operating hours, please contact:

For after hours that cannot wait until the next business day, please follow normal protocol located on our website at https://www.vtcrc.com/after-hours-assistance.

Q. Will we still provide internal mail service?
A. Yes
 
Q. I have registered for an event or want to attend Food Trucks; are they cancelled?

A. Visit www.vtcrc.com/events and www.vtcrc.com/about/events/ftt/ for the latest updates.
 
Q. Can I still reserve recreational areas or conference rooms?
A. We are not approving recreational areas through April 15 and will reassess at this time.
You may reserve a conference room, but as outlined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, please follow their recommended guidelines to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and not have more than 10 people during your conference room reservation date and time. You can review more details at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/
 
We also realize that small businesses may be suffering. The U.S. Small Business Administration has declared Virginia a disaster area as announced by the Governor and is offering low-interest federal disaster loans. Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance.

The anticipated time for funds to be released once the application is reviewed will be 4 weeks. SBA is upstaffing now to meet the demand.
 
If you have specific questions going forward, please call and ask. This is new for all of us and we will keep you current on any changes to our services via email and on our website. We think the approach outlined above will meet your needs and keep your businesses moving forward!
 
Reminder: You may call our office with questions at 540-961-3600 (M-F 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.). We will be responding to your questions and directing them to the appropriate staff.

MAIN CONTACT:
Dawn Myers dawn.myers@vtcrc.com 540-808-5024
 
FOR DELIVERIES:
We will be accepting deliveries M-F from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ONLY. No exceptions.
 
FOR CONTRACTORS:YOU MUST CALL - NO EXCEPTIONS
Please contact Eddie Williams at 540-750-1338

 
FOR ACCOUNTING:
Please contact Terri Harris at terri.harris@vtcrc.com
 
FOR DATA SERVICE ISSUES:
Please fill out “request service” form online at www.vtcrc.com/resources/data-services.
 
FOR LEASING:
Please contact Pat Morris at pat.morris@vtcrc.com
 
FOR MEDIA/COMMUNICATIONS:
Please contact Melissa Vidmar at melissa.vidmar@vtcrc.com
 

FOR COgro:
Please contact Andrea Hammond at andrea.hammond@vtcrc.com

Posted March 19, 2020:

For tenants reserving conference rooms: As outlined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, please follow their recommended guidelines to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and not have more than 10 people during your conference room reservation date and time. You can review more details at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/

Tenant message

  • Tillerman Coffee Co.: In response to COVID-19 and the impact on the community, Tillerman Coffee Co. will continue to be closed through March 29.

Posted March 18, 2020:

Tenant message

  • Carilion Wellness will be closed until further notice {More}

Posted March 17, 2020:

Tenant messages

  • Brown Edwards message to clients {More}
  • VCOM: All campus buildings are closed and will tentatively reopen April 6, 2020 {More}

Posted: March 16, 2020

Tenant messages

  • Tillerman Coffee Co.: In response to COVID-19 and the impact on the community, Tillerman Coffee Co. will be closed the week of March 16 - 22. They will use this time to evaluate future options, which may include take out service only. An update for future operating hours, coming soon.
  • In Balance Yoga: Beginning Monday, March 16, they will pause on public classes through at least the week of March 30 with online options. (More}

Posted March 13, 2020

Message: The Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center Administrative Office has received requests from tenants for additional cleaning of their suites in response to the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus). Our janitorial teams are independent contractors. We have reached out to them to see what additional costs would be incurred to tenants who are requesting this. Once we have determined this, we will reach out to those that have contacted us. As always, the cleaning personnel continues to use the best management practices that they can with respect to cleaning and using appropriate cleaning products.  However, as individuals, we must all continue to try to do everything that we can to adopt safe practices to help keep our areas clean. Once again, we encourage everyone to stay abreast of the situation by frequently checking the website links that are included in our email communications and the flyers that we posted throughout the park, as well as other online sources for the latest updates on the matter.

Posted:  March 12, 2020

Message: As you all know, given the current status of the COVIC-19 (Novel Coronavirus) situation, Virginia Tech made the decision yesterday afternoon to extend the spring break for another week and then transition from in-person instruction to online and remote instruction for all undergraduate and graduate students at all university locations for the remainder of the spring semester.

Although to the best of our knowledge, there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in Southwest Virginia, we encourage all Tenants in the Park to take steps now, if you have not done so already, to assess your work activities and develop individual plans of action regarding adjustments that could be made if the need arises. You may wish to consult Virginia Tech Policy 4325 – Alternate Work Site and Telework Policy for guidance on how to implement alternative work options.  Consider the following and take appropriate actions accordingly:

  1. Examine the work that you do and determine what can be done from home or other remote locations. 
  2. If the work cannot be done remotely, establish staggered/flexible schedules, i.e., day, evening, condensed or compressed to minimize or eliminate employee contact with each other.
  3. Establish guidelines, strategies, and procedures for reporting, communicating, accounting record keeping, delivery, and other activities, as may be required.
  4. Purchase laptops and other equipment for employees to use at the alternate work sites, if needed.
  5. Avoid international travel and limit domestic travel.
  6. Transition from in-person meetings to other forms of meetings with the use of teleconferencing and videoconferencing technology.
  7. Identify training needs and conduct accordingly.
  8. Identify and train back up staff for key positions in the event that key personnel are impacted.
  9. Develop ways to address shortages of office supplies, equipment, raw materials, etc. if required including the identification of alternative sources, if possible.
  10. Plan for the use of transportation alternatives.
  11. Determine alternative ways to interact with clients, customers, tenants, and others.
  12. Consider employee needs and provide support services or resources for assistance.
  13. Continue to make efforts to adopt safe practices, i.e., wash hands frequently, avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth, clean and disinfect surfaces, stay home if ill, avoid contact with others who are ill, and seek medical attention if necessary.
  14. Continue to check the VT, CDC, and other reliable websites for up-to-date information regarding the coronavirus situation and actions to take to help address it.

As we all know, this is a challenging time for everyone.  Therefore, we must try to do everything that we can to put plans in place that can be implemented as the situation continues to evolve.

Message: The VTCRC Tenant Leader banquet for March 18, 2020, has been cancelled due to the new rules and restrictions implemented by Virginia Tech due to the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus). You may view this at https://vt.edu/flu/2019Coronavirus.html. We will update all invitees if we decide to reschedule at a future time.

Posted: March 6, 2020:

4:00 p.m.  message

In response to a few questions that tenants have asked about the coronavirus situation, we wanted to let you know that cleaning personnel continue to use the best management practices that they can with respect to cleaning and using appropriate cleaning products.  However, as individuals, we must all continue to try to do everything that we can to adopt safe practices to help keep our areas clean. Once again, we encourage everyone to stay abreast of the situation by frequently checking the website links that were included in the email communication that we sent earlier today and the flyers that we posted throughout the park, as well as other online sources for the latest updates on the matter. 

10:00 a.m. message

Novel coronavirus is an identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of lower respiratory illness, COVID-19. It was first identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

The health and safety of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center community is a top priority for us. In an effort to provide basic tips, as suggested by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, please see the bulleted items below. You may also view the following websites as resources for your company.

  1. Center for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov

  2. Virginia Tech status updates: https://vt.edu/status.html

  3. Virginia Tech COVID-19 information updates: https://vt.edu/flu/2019Coronavirus.html

Basic tips

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe such as tables, countertops, doorknobs, keyboards, tablets, bathroom fixtures, television remotes, phones, and other similar areas.

  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.

    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

  • Wash your hands often and vigorously with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

  • Limit sharing of household items such as cups, plates, utensils, bedding, towels, and clothing.

  • Wash dishes, clothing, and bedding frequently.

  • Minimize time in densely crowded spaces.

  • Call ahead first to your physician or medical office if you have flu like symptoms, including cough, fever, and shortness of breath.

The Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center has also placed flyers on all bathroom doors outlining these tips with website links for additional resources.

Should you have questions, please contact us at 540-961-3600 Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Posted: Feb. 6, 2020:

On Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 between 7:45 a.m. - Noon, The Blacksburg Fire Department  will need to do another fire alarm inspection on the new fire panel that was installed in 2000 Kraft Drive. As always in case of an actual emergency, exit the building and dial 911. Should you have questions, please email Chris Ribbe, Facilities and Operations Coordinator.

Posted: Jan. 9, 2020:

Annual Sprinkler Inspections
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 – Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020

Inspectors will need access to all suites/rooms containing sprinkler heads. At the end of each test the fire alarm will sound, and strobe lights will flash. Please share with your staff.

If you should have questions, please contact:

Chris Ribbe, Facilities and Operations Coordinator
chris.ribbe@vtcrc.com
540-961-3600, ext. 2109

  • 1691 Innovation Drive Rackspace
  • 1341 Research Center Drive
  • 1670 Innovation Drive APPL
  • 1700 Pratt Drive, Andrews Building
  • 1715 Pratt Drive, Research Building 12
  • 1861 Pratt Drive, Research Building 2
  • 1872 Pratt Drive, Garvin Center
  • 1880 Pratt Drive, Research Building 15
  • 1700 Kraft Drive, Research Building 7
  • 1750 Kraft Drive, Research Building 10
  • 1800 Kraft Drive, Founders Research Building
  • 1900 Kraft Drive, Moss Research Building
  • 1971 Kraft Drive, Research Building 27
  • 1981 Kraft Drive, ILSB Building (Integrated Life Sciences Building)
  • 1991 Kraft Drive, ICTAS Building – A (Institute for Critical Technology & Applied Science)
  • 2000 Kraft Drive, Research Building 8
  • 2020 Kraft Drive, Research Building 16
  • 2200 Kraft Drive, VT KnowledgeWorks Building – I
  • 2202 Kraft Drive, VT KnowledgeWorks Building – II (VT Computer Science Dept.)
  • 2270 Kraft Drive, Research Building 26
  • 1770 Forecast Drive, Research Building 14 (CNS)
  • 3450, VTTI Warehouse/VTTI-II
  • 3500, VTTI
  • 1311 Research Center Drive
  • 401 Partnership Drive

Posted: Nov. 22, 2019 (Email sent to building contacts 11.22.19):

Power Outage: Conducting upgrade to electrical service

Garvin Building: Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019
Between the hours of 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (please note it may not take this long to complete)

If you should have questions, please contact: Eddie Williams, Building and Grounds Superintendent

Posted: Nov. 18, 2019:

Construction will begin on building out a patio for Tillerman Coffee Co. the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. We anticipate this being completed by Wednesday, Nov. 27 (weather permitting). Plenty of parking is available, but during this time the parking spots affected by the construction will not be open for use (roughly 10 spots). Should you have questions, please contact: Eddie Williams, Building and Grounds Superintendent.

Posted: Nov. 15, 2019:

The Administrative Office will close at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 27 and reopen Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. Should tenants require immediate assistance during this time, please visit our after hours assistance procedures page for details and contact information.

Posted: Nov. 8, 2019:

VTCRC network administrators will be performing scheduled maintenance on Saturday, November 16, 2019, between 5:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.

We are updating the way our core equipment connects to backup generator power at 1715 Pratt Drive. To accomplish this, equipment must be restarted and tested several times and brief periods of downtime are expected for CRC data service customers. We estimate that the outages will not be in excess of 20 minutes in total over the maintenance window. These changes are in response to the network outage we experienced at the CRC on October 7th.

If you should have questions or concerns, please contact our managed services provider, SyCom Technologies: Jamous Bitrick, jbitrick@sycomtech.com, 540-283-4774 or create a ticket with SyCom support: support@sycomtech.com

Posted: Oct. 22, 2019:

During the week of Oct. 28, 2019, we will be replacing the Simplex Panel on the first floor of 2000 Kraft Drive.  Fire & Life Safety America (FLSA) may need to access suites. If this is an issue, please let us know. You may hear alarm sounding during this time. As always in case of an actual emergency, exit building and dial 911. We will also post notices on the building doors.

Posted: May 30, 2019:

We have had some complaints/reports of an individual who has attempted to break into multiple vehicles at the research park. If a theft has occurred to your vehicle, please notify the Blacksburg Police Department. LOCK YOUR VEHICLES. ALWAYS. Link to Blacksburg Police Department and phone number: http://www.blacksburg.gov/departments/departments-l-z/police | 540-443-1400

Posted: May 30, 2019:

Beginning Monday, June 3, 2019 and throughout the month of June the VTCRC will be conducting four construction projects. Please note projects are weather permitting, but the goal is to be finished with all four by June 30th.

Construction Project 1: Garvin building: Maintenance will be conducted to Garvin’s’ curbs, gutters, and sidewalks. We will also be paving the entire parking lot. During this time, sections will be closed off as to not disrupt parking for any employees, clients or customers you may have.

Construction Project 2: 2000 Kraft Drive: After the concrete has finished from the construction project at Garvin (listed above), the same work will begin for 2000 Kraft Drive.  We will also be paving the streets on either side of the 2000 Kraft Drive building (one side at a time), so tenants may easily access their buildings.

Construction Project 3:1341 Research Center Drive: Once the parking lot to the right of Tillerman is completed, we will then block of spots next to the building to construct a concrete patio for Tillerman Coffee Co. This will provide great outdoor space for their customers. At no time will Tillerman be closed for this project.

Construction Project 4:1700 Kraft Drive: Beginning June 6, there will be two days of loud noise on the roof as equipment will begin to remove rock prior to the roof replacement. We apologize if this disrupts your employees work or meetings with clients. We suggest if you have any meetings during this time, to please reserve a complimentary conference room (https://www.vtcrc.com/reserve-a-conference-room/) elsewhere in the park or consider letting your employees work remotely. If this date changes, we will let you know.  After these two days, the actual roof replacement will take place, which will produce an odor. We will block off a section of the parking for the large equipment needed.

Thank you for your understanding as we strive to provide all employees and the park the best building spaces for you to thrive and work.

If you have questions, please contact Eddie Williams, Building and Grounds Superintendent.

Posted: May 20, 2019: The VTCRC Administrative Office will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2019 in observance of Memorial Day.

Buildings will remain locked this day and there will be no housekeeping service. The only exceptions for housekeeping include 1770 Forecast Drive (RB14) and 1700 Pratt (AISB). If tenants should require immediate assistance, please visit our prompt response page.

Posted: April 17, 2019: Annual Fore Alarm Inspections

Inspectors along with Chris Ribbe, VTCRC Facilities and Operations Coordinator, are conducting fire inspections to test compliance with Virginia fire codes. Please be advised they will need full access to all tenant suites in order to conduct the inspection.  The system will be offline during testing and you may hear alarms. In case of an actual fire, please exit the building and call 911.

When:             Today through April 30, 2019
Time:               Between 7:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Buildings:                

Andrews Information Systems Building
Building 1341
Building 1670
Building 1691
Building 1700
Building 1715
Building 1750
Building 1770
Building 1861
Building 1880
Building 1971
Building 2000
Building 2020
Building 2270
Founders Research Building
Garvin Innovation Center
ICTAS-A Building
Integrated Life Sciences Building
Moss Research Building
VT KnowledgeWorks I
VT KnowledgeWorks II

If you have questions, please contact: Chris Ribbe, Facilities and Operations Coordinator | 540-961-3600, ext. 2109 | Chris.Ribbe@vtcrc.com

Posted: March 25, 2019: Annual Sprinkler Inspections

Start and end times: 8:00 a.m. – Noon
Date: March 29, 2019
Affected building(s) or service(s) 1701 Kraft Drive and 2280 Kraft Drive
Inspectors will need access to all suites/rooms containing sprinkler heads. At the end of each test the fire alarm will sound, and strobe lights will flash.

If you should have questions, please contact:
Chris Ribbe
Facilities and Operations Coordinator
chris.ribbe@vtcrc.com
540-961-3600, ext. 2109

Posted: Jan. 22, 2019 {Updated Jan. 23, 2019 - the work will begin at 10:00 a.m.}

On Thursday, Jan. 24th, a crane will be hoisting equipment on top the roof of the 1861 building (E14 building on campus map below). We cannot determine the exact time this will take place, but please be aware that there will be a partial road closure when the equipment is ready to be offloaded. Flaggers will be onsite to help direct traffic during this process. If you should have any questions, please contact the VTCRC Administrative Office at 540-961-3600.

Map

Posted: Jan. 11, 2019

We have discovered a few minor inconsistencies in our network setup at the research park. To correct this issue, we will have a maintenance window beginning at 10:00 a.m. NEXT Saturday, January 19, 2019. The actual changes will take very little time and the network outage is expected to be brief, not to exceed 15 minutes, worst case scenario.

If you should experience any issues after this maintenance has been conducted, please contact:

SyCom support number:        800-522-4005
** Callers should identify themselves as a VTCRC tenant FIRST, then provide company name **

Posted: Jan. 10, 2019

The VTCRC Administrative Office will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21st in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

  • Housekeeping services will be performed as normal.
  • Doors will be unlocked/locked as normal.

If you have questions, please contact the VTCRC Administrative Office M-F between 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at 540-961-3600.

TENANTS: If you require immediate assistance - visit www.vtcrc.com/after-hours-assistance.

Posted: Dec. 3, 2018

The Fire Marshal with Blacksburg Fire Department, and Chris Ribbe, VTCRC Facilities and Operations Coordinator, are conducting fire inspections to test compliance with Virginia fire codes. Please be advised they will need full access to all tenant suites in order to conduct the inspection.

When:             Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018
Time:               Between 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Building:         2020 Kraft Drive and 1880 Pratt Drive

If you have questions, please contact:
Chris Ribbe, Facilities and Operations Coordinator
540-961-3600, ext. 2109 | Chris.Ribbe@vtcrc.com

The National Fire Prevention Association, Virginia Fire Services Board and the Virginia Board of Community and Housing Development require statewide fire protection code compliance for the protection of life and property from hazards of fire. To remain in compliance with sprinkler, fire alarm, elevator and other park wide inspections, the Blacksburg Fire Department will conduct building inspections to make sure all tenants are following the fire code. These inspections may be done without notice.

Examples of inspection items: *

  • Refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers and portable heaters are required to be plugged directly into a wall receptacle
  • Surge protectors are suggested for computers, printers, adding machines and desk phones
  • Extension cords and gang plugs are prohibited
  • Storage rooms - boxes and other items must be more than 18” from bottom of sprinkler head, 24” from ceiling if room does not have sprinklers
  • Flags, curtains and other objects that hang from the ceiling and block sprinkler coverage are prohibited
  • Temporary walls or tall objects that block sprinkler coverage are prohibited
  • Emergency exits are to be free of clutter and not blocked
  • Stairwells are to stay clear of any objects

* This does not encompass all inspection data

For the safety of employees, and pursuant to fire protection code, companies are required to comply with fire official’s requests. The fire official allows thirty (30) days to meet compliance before final inspection. Failure to comply will result in the tenant being liable for any fees and/or damages to correct the matter because of the neglect. It may also result in the building/company to be shut down until all companies follow the building codes.

Posted: Nov. 28, 2018

VTCRC Administrative Office Holiday Hours

  • Monday, December 24, 2018: Closed, Housekeeping services performed, and buildings will be unlocked/locked as normal
  • Tuesday, December 25, 2018: Closed, No housekeeping services and buildings will not be unlocked/locked  
  • Monday, December 31, 2018: Closed, Housekeeping services performed, and buildings will be unlocked/locked as normal
  • Tuesday, January 1, 2019: Closed, No housekeeping services and buildings will not be unlocked/locked  

If tenants should require after hours assistance, please visit us online for details

Posted: Nov. 15, 2018

Wayne Garst, Fire Marshal with the Blacksburg Fire Department, and Chris Ribbe, VTCRC Facilities and Operations Coordinator, are conducting fire inspections to test compliance with Virginia fire codes. Please be advised they will need full access to all tenant suites in order to conduct the inspection.

  • When:             Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018
  • Time:               Between 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Building:         2000 Kraft Drive

We are sorry for any inconvenience. Please share with your employees.

If you have questions, please contact:
Chris Ribbe, Facilities and Operations Coordinator
540-961-3600, ext. 2109 | Chris.Ribbe@vtcrc.com

The National Fire Prevention Association, Virginia Fire Services Board and the Virginia Board of Community and Housing Development require statewide fire protection code compliance for the protection of life and property from hazards of fire. To remain in compliance with sprinkler, fire alarm, elevator and other park wide inspections, the Blacksburg Fire Department will conduct building inspections to make sure all tenants are following the fire code. These inspections may be done without notice.

Examples of inspection items: *

  • Refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers and portable heaters are required to be plugged directly into a wall receptacle
  • Surge protectors are suggested for computers, printers, adding machines and desk phones
  • Extension cords and gang plugs are prohibited
  • Storage rooms - boxes and other items must be more than 18” from bottom of sprinkler head, 24” from ceiling if room does not have sprinklers
  • Flags, curtains and other objects that hang from the ceiling and block sprinkler coverage are prohibited
  • Temporary walls or tall objects that block sprinkler coverage are prohibited
  • Emergency exits are to be free of clutter and not blocked
  • Stairwells are to stay clear of any objects

* This does not encompass all inspection data

For the safety of employees, and pursuant to fire protection code, companies are required to comply with fire official’s requests. The fire official allows thirty (30) days to meet compliance before final inspection. Failure to comply will result in the tenant being liable for any fees and/or damages to correct the matter because of the neglect. It may also result in the building/company to be shut down until all companies follow the building codes.

Posted: Nov. 14, 2018

The VTCRC facilities staff will begin construction in the suite of Advanced Logic Industries beginning Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. Construction will take between 4 – 6 weeks to complete. We will make every effort to curb noise associated with construction. If you have any questions, please contact the VTCRC Administrative Office at 540-961-3600.

Posted: Nov. 9, 2018

VCOM II Building (2280 Kraft Drive) G.J. Hopkins will be replacing a water valve early morning on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. During this time, the entire building will not have water. We anticipate restoring water functions by 7:00 a.m.

Posted: Nov. 5, 2018

On Wednesday, November 7, 2018, employees, guests, and clients entering the research park via the Southgate Drive roundabout, will experience a short-term detour as a portion of Research Center Drive will be closed. You will need to take Innovation Drive and Smoot Drive to bypass this detour.

Detour

Posted: Oct. 23, 2018

Due to the upcoming football game (10/25), the CRC route will end at 4:30 p.m. on campus. After 4:30 p.m., anyone wishing to travel from campus to the CRC will need to catch the Airport Shuttle from the south stadium parking lot. Additional information can be found here: https://www.ridebt.org/news-alerts/109-thurs-football and here: https://twitter.com/Ride_BT/status/1054793782506479616

Posted: Oct. 4, 2018

On Saturday, Oct. 6 the American Heart Association will be setting up a few tents and stage in preparations for the Sunday, Oct. 7 Heart Walk. Please let your staff, clients and guests know to refrain from parking in the area highlighted (click here) - 1715 Pratt Drive. If you should have questions, please call the Administrative Office at 540-961-3600.

Posted: Oct. 3, 2018

VTCRC Notice: Bathroom construction project - 1341 Research Center Drive Building → Please be aware that the VTCRC Facilities Team will begin bathroom construction on the 2nd floor today. This project will last approximately 6-weeks. During this time there will be additional noises related to this project. We apologize for any inconvenience. Should you have questions, please call our main office at 540-961-3600.

Posted: Sept. 19, 2018

There will be two events at the research park this weekend (Sept. 22 and 23). Please click each of the following to learn about the traffic impact to the park. Brew Do | Hokie Half Marathon & 5K

Posted: August 21, 2018

The VTCRC Administrative Office will be closed on Monday, September 3, 2018 in observance of Labor Day. The buildings will remain locked this day and there will be no housekeeping services provided. Exception for housekeeping is 1700 Pratt Drive (AISB) and 1770 Forecast Drive (RBXIV). If you require assistance, please visit our after hours assistance webpage.

Posted: August 15, 2018

There will be power outage to the lab wing of 2270 Kraft Drive on Saturday, August 18 and possibly on Sunday, August 19. This will only disrupt the lab wing, but there is a chance others might experience a disruption to HVAC only.

If you should have questions, please contact: Eddie Williams, Buildings Trades and Grounds Manager

Posted: June 26, 2018

The VTCRC Administrative Office will be closed Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in observance of Independence Day.

There will be no housekeeping service performed. The only exceptions for housekeeping include 1770 Forecast Drive (RB14) and 1700 Pratt (AISB).

During this time, VTCRC staff will not lock or unlock buildings and tenants are responsible for securing buildings in which their suites are located. You may use your swipe card to enter when buildings are locked. As always, if tenants should require immediate assistance during the days we are closed, please visit our prompt response page.

Posted: June 22, 2018, 9:30 a.m.

NOTICE: There has been a fire incident at 1700 Kraft Drive.

Our team is currently working with the fire department and other safety professionals to determine the best course of action.

It is our goal to provide a safe working environment for all of our tenants and we are currently recommending that all tenants and visitors vacate this building. We will provide notice when we are told it is safe to re-enter.

If you should have questions, please contact:

Dawn Myers
Chief Operating Officer
540-808-5024

Update: June 22, 2018 3:00 p.m.

 A portion of the 1700 Kraft Drive parking lot has been cordoned off and will remain closed until further notice.

Tenants and company employees are permitted to enter the building at their discretion.

 The VTCRC management team is continuing to work with local authorities and professional service providers to address and mitigate any damage to our facilities. A meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 25th, after which we expect to be able to provide further updates on the situation.

Posted: June 11, 2018

The VTCRC Administrative Office will conduct fire alarm inspection/testing tomorrow (Tuesday, June 12, 2018) around 7:00 a.m. and again between 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.). The inspection/testing will take place at 2200 Kraft Drive, but employees at 2202 Kraft Drive may also hear the alarms. The system will be offline during this time. In case of an actual fire, please exit the building and call 911. Please inform your employees.

If you should have questions, please contact:

Eddie Williams
Buildings Trades and Grounds Manager
540-961-3600, ext. 2104

Posted: May 29, 2018

Please be advised that on Saturday, June 2 from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m., the electricity to the VT KnowledgeWorks I building will be off for maintenance. Please share this with your staff, customers or clients (Please note: Elevators will not be operational during this time). We apologize for any inconvenience.

If you should have questions, please contact:

Eddie Williams
Buildings Trades and Grounds Manager
540-961-3600, ext. 2104

Posted: May 21, 2018

Please be advised that on Saturday, May 26 from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m., the electricity to the VT KnowledgeWorks I building will be off for maintenance. Please share this with your staff, customers or clients (Please note: Elevators will not be operational during this time). We apologize for any inconvenience.

If you should have questions, please contact:

Eddie Williams
Buildings Trades and Grounds Manager
540-961-3600, ext. 2104

Posted: April 25, 2018

VCOM Notice for Tenants in the Park – Please be aware they are conducting a Disaster Day on Friday, April 27, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event serves as our annual all-campus mass-casualty simulation training for faculty, staff, and students. This will be an interdisciplinary event, where faculty, staff, and students from both schools work together to appropriately and effectively respond to multiple simulated mass-casualty events. The event will be held at the VCOM campus and will be run in 2 evolutions, morning and afternoon. Each evolution will have 90 students. Email sent to main and office contacts on 4/25/18 at 8:30 a.m.

Posted March 28, 2018

The VTCRC Facilities Team will conduct Fire Alarm Testing during the month of April 2018. Please check your building door for this sign to indicate when your building will have the test conducted.

Fire alarm testing

Posted: March 23, 2018

The Blacksburg Transit will have a minor detour beginning March 26, 2018 due to the road work taking place on Research Center Drive.

BT route

Posted: March 21, 2018

VDOT plans to close the intersection of Research Center Drive/Smoot Drive on March 26, 2018 after 9:00 a.m. This closure will be in effect until the re-construction of the intersection is completed. Signage will be in place to direct traffic. Flagging operations will occur as needed for pedestrian traffic through construction area. Pedestrian traffic should use caution in this area. {View Map}

For access to the businesses on Innovation Drive, see below:

From South Main Street to Research Center Drive to Businesses:

Continue to second intersection and turn left
Turn left at Research Center Drive/old Innovation Drive
Turn left into appropriate business

From South Main Street to campus:

Continue to second intersection and turn left
Turn right onto Research Center Drive

From Campus to South Main Street:

Turn left onto Innovation Drive
Turn right onto Smoot Drive (old Research Center Drive)

From Businesses to South Main Street:

Turn right onto Research Center Drive/ old Innovation Drive
Turn right onto Smoot Drive (old Research Center Drive)

Updates will be provided as new information is made available by VDOT.

Posted: March 21, 2018

The VTCRC Administrative Office is on a delay due to the weather and will open at 10:00 a.m.

Posted: March 12, 2018

UPDATE: The VTCRC Administrative Office is now closed for 3/12/18. If tenants should require immediate assistance, please visit www.vtcrc.com/after-hours-assistance.

Original notice: The VTCRC Administrative Office will open today (3/12/18) at 11:00 a.m. Please check our website for any updates to this that may occur.

The facilities staff is working to clear parking lots and sidewalks at the research park. With the amount of snow that is falling the staff is making their best efforts, but it is becoming problematic. Please use caution when pulling into all parking lots and walking on sidewalks and in the parking lots. With this amount of snow and cold temperatures there will be icy spots.

 Please visit the National Weather Service Blacksburg to keep current on the latest weather announcements at www.weather.gov/rnk/.  

Posted: October 19, 2017

VTCRC Notice: A look ahead for the winter weather season for parking lots and sidewalks {details}