The Land Development Design Initiative (LDDI) is a collaborative effort of the Via Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech with industry practitioners. The three primary objectives of LDDI are:

  • Improving land development design education, including increasing student awareness of land development design as a career path
  • Increasing interaction between practitioners and undergraduate civil engineering students at Virginia Tech
  • Enhancing research efforts in the land development area
The Initiative has made significant strides to improve land development design education at Virginia Tech and to increase student awareness of land development design as a career path. The Initiative also promotes the interaction between students and practitioners. LDDI now involves more than 170 engineering and land development firms, many of which provide financial support. Regarding corporate sponsorships, LDDI is an Virginia Tech Academic Partnership Program, a program specifically aimed at encouraging corporate/academic collaboration. As such, corporate sponsorships are not tax-deductible, but varying levels of sponsorships carry different types of benefits to the sponsors themselves. For individuals wishing to donate to LDDI, these gifts are tax-deductible as the donations are directed to the Virginia Tech Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, but no benefits are associated with this donation. All corporate sponsors and individuals donors are recognized on our corresponding webpage.
Four committees support LDDI:
  • Curriculum and Course Enhancement Committee (CCEC)
  • Practitioner Involvement Committee (PIC)
  • Outreach Committee (OC)
  • Research and Development Committee (RDC)
If you have questions about LDDI or would like to become involved, please contact us!

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LDDI Hosts Summer Meeting in Glen Allen

On Friday, July 22nd, LDDI hosted its annual summer meeting in the Richmond area featuring a program on Re-Development. Two of our best student groups presented their semester design projects, Dr. Dymond gave an update on the LDDI Program, James Patteson (Fairfax County) gave an update on the efforts to create a Center for Stormwater Technology Advancement, and Tom Rust (Pennoni) presented a summary of important legislation recently passed affecting the land development industry. Following this, Mark Olinger (City of Richmond), Andrew Basham (Spy Rock), and Todd Dykshorn (ADO Architecture Design) gave presentations on the Scotts Addition redevelopment project.

Spring Design Charrette

On Tuesday, April 5th, LDDI hosted its 4th annual Design Charrette and Competition. Following an introduction to a “real world” site and development objectives, 10 student teams were given one hour to work on their designs. Local professionals served as judges for this fun event and the winning team received a top prize of a $100 gift card to Buffalo Wild Wings!

LDDI Spring Field Trip

On March 25th and 26th, LDDI’s Practitioner Involvement Committee hosted a field trip to Northern Virginia, where LDDI Assistant Coordinator Kevin Young accompanied 10 students visiting a variety of land development projects in various stages of construction. LDDI covered all travel, lodging, and meals expenses for students that participated in the field trip. This was the fourth time that LDDI has organized an overnight, out-of-town field trip.

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