BLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech's football players aren't the only ones using the outdoor practice field at the Jamerson Athletics Center. 

Branch Builds, a construction management firm in Virginia and North Carolina, has set up shop and started work on Tech's new $20.4 million student-athlete performance center project. 

Virginia Tech's board of visitors approved the project in March 2018. The new student-athlete performance center is set to replace the Jamerson Athletics Center’s Bowman Room, which has existed since 1982.

The interior of the third and fourth floors of the Jamerson Center have been cleared out. Branch Builds recently put up scaffolding outside and taken down the stone on the exterior of the fourth floor. On Tuesday, construction workers were taking down one of the steel lighting polls. 

The targeted completion date for the project is fall 2020. The athletic department recently got an additional $3.735 million in funding for the project. 

“This project includes a complete renovation and expansion of the fourth floor of the Jamerson Center, construction of a balcony cantilevered from the fourth floor, and a new elevator tower,” previous board material stated. “The project will provide approximately 17,000 square feet for dining, nutrition, recruiting, donor hospitality, and allow for a seamless transition to the Cassell Coliseum concourse.”

For a look at the progress, click through the gallery below...

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