Facilities Operations supports Virginia Tech’s mission and goals by maintaining buildings, electrical/mechanical systems, and the grounds of the main campus to provide a reliable, efficient, functional, and beautiful setting for the campus community to carry out their education, research, and service.

Facilities Operations is comprised of four units:

  • Building Maintenance and Grounds - The various trades and preventive maintenance shops are housed within this unit. The mechanical shop, electrical shop, carpenter shop, and grounds shop work to ensure that various components of campus buildings, as well as the grounds surrounding them, are properly serviced and provide a pleasant environment in which to live, learn, and work.
    • Quarry - Facilities has operated a university owned quarry since 1896. The ashlar patterned stone facades (Hokie Stone) used on campus buildings are constructed of native limestone quarried and surfaced by Facilities personnel. Virginia Tech's local quarry produces 25 to 50 tons of stone each week to support the supply for new buildings on campus. To learn more about Hokie Stone, click here.
  • Housekeeping - The Housekeeping staff work diligently to maintain the cleanliness of campus buildings. Both internal and contractor crews staff the important housekeeping function.
  • Utilities - Facilities is responsible for the operation of the university's Central Steam Plant and Virginia Tech Electric Service.
  • Operations Engineering
    • The Office of Energy Management guides the operations of the university to achieve tangible reduction in energy consumption on campus through the development and implementation of various Demand Side Management (DSM) policies, initiatives, and projects.
    • The Maintenance Reserve Program provides coordination and oversight of the university's deferred maintenance program that monitors the condition of major components such as roofs, HVAC systems, central utilities, elevators, and fire alarms, and schedules replacement of these systems according to available funds designated by the Commonwealth of Virginia and by various campus auxiliaries.
    • The Instrumentation, Controls, and Metering (ICM) group monitors and maintains HVAC and other important systems that must operate continuously in order to support the various activities that take place within buildings on the Virginia Tech campus.
    • Site and Infrastructure Development (SID) is primarily responsible for the administration, compliance, and enforcement of stormwater programs for Virginia Tech. SID seeks to educate the university and surrounding community about stormwater impacts including: detecting illicit discharges, controlling stormwater runoff at construction sites during and after construction, and working to prevent pollution from municipal operations.
Byron Nichols
Senior Associate Director, Utilities
Facilities Operations
Sterrett Facilities Complex
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Email: bnichols@vt.edu
Office: 540-231-2073
Anthony Watson
Associate Director, Buildings and Grounds
Facilities Operations
Sterrett Facilities Complex
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Office: 540-231-6852
Kim Briele
Associate Director, Engineering Operations
Facilities Operations
Sterrett Facilities Complex
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Office: 540-231-8772
Greg Canaday
Associate Director, Housekeeping
Facilities Operations
Sterrett Facilities Complex
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Office: 540-231-9614


Mailing address
Facilities Department (0529)
Sterrett Facilities Complex
Virginia Tech
230 Sterrett Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061