In 2012 DMS provided the cost estimate for the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia.

The history

The Virginia Military Institute is a state-supported military college in Lexington, Virginia, the oldest such institution in the United States.

VMI professors are known for their expertise, teaching excellence, mentorship, scholarly engagement, commitment to service, and collaborative work with cadets. With opportunities for undergraduate research, study abroad, honors programs, and service learning.

The Corps Physical Training Facility is VMI’s newest building and the latest addition to the recent facility renovations at the Institute.  It opened formally in January of 2017. Practices in the building began in December of 2016, and the facility houses, among others, the VMI track and field coaches.

The building is dual-purpose, as it is used for both track and field and general Corps of Cadets activities. The track is a hydraulic banked, 200-meter oval with two sprint straights and two long/triple jump and vault runways, located in the center of the oval. It is believed to be one of only six indoor tracks at the NCAA level with a 200-meter banked hydraulic oval, and one of only two (joining Liberty) with a Beynon-produced surface. There are also two high jump areas.

Two throwing cages are located at one end of the venue as well, and the entire facility is wired for video, scoreboard and music, enabling fans to easily follow the action at each venue without difficulty or excessive eye strain.

Above the main floor is a flat, 350-meter warm-up track that athletes can use during the meet to prepare for their events. The facility also contains full locker rooms, classrooms, coaches/administrative offices, athletic training facilities and top-notch equipment for use by the track and field programs.

At various points throughout the building, there are obstacles for use by the Corps of Cadets, including a rock climbing wall and a high ropes confidence course. The purpose of these is to enable full-scale physical training in the event of inclement weather.  Spectator seating at the Corps Indoor Training Facility has been estimated at 1,800, plus standing room around the track.

The project

The 198,000 sf state of the art training facility (which took more than two years of construction) includes a 200m hydraulically banked track, a rock wall, a warmup track, areas for field events, a state of the art surround sound system and seats for over 1,400 spectators. The facility also boasts a 126-space underground parking garage and environmental features such as a rainwater collection and storage facility.

Construction costs

Total construction cost: $70million