Lavery Hall, the Academic and Student Affairs Building that opened in fall 2012, was dedicated on Nov. 9, 2012. The building includes two floors of dining in a facility called Turner Place, one floor of classrooms, and space for the Services for Students with Disabilities office.
The modern facility behind McBryde Hall on Old Turner Street offers a convenient dining location on the academic side of campus for students traveling between classes, faculty and staff members, and students commuting from off campus.
The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors voted in March 2012, to rename the building in honor of former Virginia Tech president William E. Lavery, who died in 2009. During his tenure from 1975-87, two of the university’s signature facilities were developed: the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.
Under Lavery's guidance, numerous capital projects and curriculum enhancements were realized, and Virginia Tech became recognized as one of the nation’s top 50 research universities. The naming of Lavery Hall offers a lasting homage to an accomplished leader of the university.