Video: Virginia Tech students unleash creativity to create big plans for the Catawba Sustainability Center

Yvan Beliveau, left, listens to William Morrison, center, while Kim Thurlow, right, of Virginia Tech’s Catawba Sustainability Center looks on.

Yvan Beliveau, left, a professor of building construction, listens to William Morrison, center, explain his hostel design. Kim Thurlow, right, of Virginia Tech’s Catawba Sustainability Center looks on.

BLACKSBURG, Va., Dec. 20, 2010 – William Morrison of Kensington, Md., a fifth-year architecture student in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, joins other Virginia Tech students in coming up with ingenious ideas to guide the evolution of the 377-acre Catawba Sustainability Center. One student even created an alternate reality for the center in the virtual world Second Life.

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