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 Large Meeting in Northern Virginia

On Friday, January 15th, LDDI hosted its annual winter meeting in Northern Virginia. The meeting featured presentations by LDDI students, a program update, and a series of guest speakers talking about the urban inspired, mixed-use development One Loudoun.

Spring Career Night

On Wednesday, February 17th, LDDI will host its annual spring Career Night mixer at the Hoke House from 6-8 p.m. This is a fantastic networking opportunity for students and firms looking to hire the next generation of land development engineers. LDDI sponsors are invited to join us for this popular event, held on the eve of the CEE Career Fair.

Spring Design Charrette

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

LDDI Plans Field Trip

On March 25th and 26th, LDDI’s Practitioner Involvement Committee is hosting a field trip to Northern Virginia, where students will visit a variety of land development projects in various stages of construction. LDDI will cover all travel, lodging, and meals expenses for students that participate in the field trip. This will be the fourth time that LDDI has organized an overnight, out-of-town field trip.

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