April 28, 2013
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Virginia Tech has undergone a construction boom since Charles Steger became president in 1999.
Construction projects either completed or underway since then have topped $1 billion.
Steger tells The Roanoke Times that university officials don't intend to slow down.
He says the pursuit of research funding and technology-related changes in education have driven the projects.
The use of new technology in education requires new buildings. Steger says a lack of enough electrical outlets in classrooms is one of Virginia Tech's biggest problems.
The university also needs space for faculty and scientists to work.