One of Virginia Tech’s most lively gathering spaces, the Commonwealth Ballroom in Squires Student Center, recently underwent renovations to modernize the venue and boost its accessibility and energy efficiency.

Managed by Virginia Tech Student Engagement and Campus Life, a department within Student Affairs, the 15,000-square-foot Commonwealth Ballroom, which had been closed since October 2018 for the renovations, is utilized daily for special events, conferences, career fairs, speakers, and more.

The ballroom has a completely renewed look with updated ceilings, walls, and a new hardwood floor. Additionally, under the renovations and in alignment with the university’s environmental stewardship efforts, approximately 120 light fixtures were replaced with LED lights, and a new HVAC system was installed. These upgrades will help improve the ballroom’s environmental efficiency, temperature and air flow capabilities, and overall brightness of the space.

Bolstering accessibility was also a key component to the renovations. Accessibility enhancements include installation of an accessible stage and ADA door operator at the ballroom’s entrance.

Advanced LED theatrical lighting, a new audio reinforcement system, and two client-operated projection systems were also installed.

“Countless milestones of the Virginia Tech student experience take place in the Commonwealth Ballroom. We’re thrilled the ballroom is back online looking better than ever, ready to welcome the Virginia Tech community for years to come,” said Eric Margiotta, associate director for Student Engagement and Campus Life.

“The completed Commonwealth Ballroom renovations are another reflection of Virginia’s Tech commitment to community, inclusion, and environmental conservation in action,” said Chris Kiwus, associate vice president and chief facilities officer.

Additional Project Details:

Square Feet
Renovations of 15,000 existing square feet

Dewberry Engineers Inc.

General Contractor
Glass & Associates Inc.

Virginia Tech Project Manager
Katrina Estep

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