June 14, 2007
University officials from Virginia Tech opened up Norris Hall Thursday to the news media for tours of the building.
Doors have been locked at the building ever since the April 16th massacre that left 31 dead after Seung-Hui Cho's killing rampage. University will reopen the building next week for offices and labs.
It will allow engineering students and professors whose research had been stalled access to sophisticated lab equipment that could not be moved, but classes will never again be held there.
University spokesman Larry Hincker said that families of 18 of the injured or dead have had private visits in the building. The families of the victims were contacted before the announcement to reopen the building was made last week.
Hincker says that the second floor classrooms at Norris Hall may be converted to labs as well.