Take a look inside the Skanska-built Fralin Biomedical Research Institute Addition in Roanoke, Virginia

In May 2020, our Durham team completed construction of the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute Addition on the Virginia Tech Carilion (VTC) Health Sciences and Technology Campus. The 145,000 square-foot building extends the biomedical research capabilities of the university and will serve as a model research facility for all VTC students. We’re excited to showcase photos of this incredible space.

Located in Roanoke, Virginia the four-story building provides state-of-the-art research facilities for enhanced biomedical research programs, including neuroscience, cancer, cardiovascular science, infectious diseases and immunity, biomaterials/body-device interfaces, and metabolism and obesity.


The lobby includes a video wall made up of 96 screens that is 216 square feet. There is also an interactive display with 12 touch screen monitors that is 108 square feet.


The facility includes a laboratory with flexible room layouts as well as spaces for team-based training and large class instruction. 


The building also has space to provide external beam radiation treatment for dogs and cats being treated for cancer at Virginia Tech’s Animal Cancer Care and Research Center of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. There is also an outdoor space for the animals to go to the bathroom.


A beautiful elevated walkway connects the facility to the VTC School of Medicine and the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, which Skanska constructed in 2010.


The 11,000 square-foot meadow green roof has panoramic views of a famous local landmark, the Roanoke Star, which is the world’s largest freestanding illuminated man-made star.