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Research Center - Arlington

Exterior of Virginia Tech's Arlington Research Center

The Virginia Tech Research Center — Arlington is a highly visible state-of-the-art facility designed to further the university’s mission to expand its research portfolio in the greater Washington, D.C., metro area. The region offers great opportunity for partnerships with corporate research entities and close proximity to government agencies and other public and private-sector organizations. The building is located in the vibrant Ballston district of Arlington, a short distance from many of the leading science and research agencies of the federal government and many high-technology companies.

The seven-floor, 144,000-square-foot Virginia Tech Research Center — Arlington is U.S. Green Council LEED-certified. The interior, designed by Gensler, includes computational laboratories, offices, and an Executive Briefing Center (EBC) to accommodate meetings, forums, symposia, and other events. The EBC is available to the science and technology communities throughout the region for meetings and events not specifically related to the university, and two of the seven floors in the building not occupied by Virginia Tech are for commercial lease.

The exterior of the building, designed by Cooper Carry, features first floor amenities which include retail, an outdoor terrace restaurant, and abundant green space.

The building is among the best connected research facilities in the world, incorporating next-generation Internet with direct fiber access to Internet 2 and multiple federal networks. High-performance connectivity links this research center to Virginia Tech's main campus in Blacksburg, as well as to other major universities. The network provides access to international peering points in New York, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Florida, and the building includes a secure data center for high performance computing (HPC)-based research.

A number of established Virginia Tech research centers and institutes are located in this facility.

The Virginia Tech Research Center — Arlington is owned by the Virginia Tech Foundation which has developed other Virginia Tech facilities in the D.C. area, including the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg and the Washington Alexandria Architecture Center in Alexandria.


By Metro

The research center is about a five minute walk from the Ballston-MU Metro Station on the Orange and Silver lines. Exit the station and turn west on Fairfax Drive. Cross N. Glebe Road, the make an immediate left. The building is mid-block.

Details about using the Metro can be found on WAMTA web site.

Driving Directions

From Washington D.C. (from the East)

  • Take I-66* West to Exit 71 (N. Glebe Rd.)
  • At the light at the top of the ramp, turn left (south) onto N. Glebe Rd.
  • Turn right onto Ninth St.
  • Turn right into parking garage under the Virginia Tech Research Center, 900 N. Glebe Rd.

From points West

  • Take I-66* East to Exit 71 (North Fairfax Drive)
  • Stay in the right hand lane after the first traffic light at N. Wakefield St.
  • Turn right at the second light onto N. Glebe Rd. (Rte 120) toward Wilson Blvd., which is the next light beyond Fairfax Ave.
  • Turn right onto Ninth St.
  • Turn right into parking garage under the Virginia Tech Research Center, 900 N. Glebe Rd.

*Please note the new I-66 Express Lanes hours and congestion based tolls. An E-ZPass is now required from 5:30 to 9:30 a.m. eastbound and 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. westbound, Monday through Friday.

From points North

  • Follow I-95 or I-270 South to Interstate 495 (Outer-loop, West toward Northern Virginia).
  • Take I-495 to Left Exit 45B (State Route 267)
  • SR-267 joins with I- 66 East
  • Follow directions above, “From the West”

From points South (using I-495)

  • Follow I-95 North to I-495 West (Inner-loop toward Tyson’s Corner)
  • Take I-495 West and North to Exit 49B (I-66 East to Washington)
  • Follow directions above, “From the West”

From points South (using I-395)

  • Take I-95 North to Interstate 395 North
  • Continue on I-395 to Exit 7B (S. Glebe Rd.)
  • Continue north on Glebe Rd. to Wilson Blvd.
  • Turn left on Wilson Blvd.
  • Turn right on N. Wakefield St.
  • Make next right on Ninth St.
  • Turn left into parking garage under the Virginia Tech Research Center, 900 N. Glebe Rd.


A parking garage is located beneath the Virginia Tech Research Center (900 N. Glebe Road). The garage entrance is off 9th St N at the corner of Glebe Road. The garage is managed by Laz Parking (703-243-7281).

Additional public parking garages include: 950 N. Glebe Rd, 800 N. Glebe Rd, 901 N. Glebe Rd, and 627 N. Glebe Rd.*.

*627 N. Glebe Rd is the public parking garage attached to the Ballston Quarter Mall located approximately 0.5 miles from the VTRC-A. Typically there is ample space available at a relatively low rate.



900 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22203