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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 two primary objectives of LDDI are:

  1. Improving land development design education, including increasing student awareness of land development design as a career path
  2. Increasing interaction between practitioners and undergraduate civil engineering students at Virginia Tech

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 70 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.  Click the button to learn more...

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Four committees support LDDI:
  1. Curriculum and Course Enhancement Committee (CCEC)
  2. Practitioner Involvement Committee (PIC)
  3. Outreach Committee (OC)
  4. Research and Development Committee (RDC)

If you have questions about LDDI or would like to become involved, please contact us!


News and Announcements
  • July 2014 Summer Meeting

    On Friday, July 18th, LDDI hosted its annual summer meeting at the Virginia Housing Center in Richmond.  The meeting was the largest summer gathering in LDDI's eight-year history!  Following a presentation by LDDI students and a program update by LDDI Coordinator Dr. Randy Dymond, attendees heard a talk on Virginia's new stormwater management regulations delivered by Fred Cunningham, Director Virginia Department of Environmental Quality / Office of Water Permits and Compliance Assistance.    To download Mr. Cunningham's talk as a pdf file, click here.

    Following Mr. Cunningham's talk, Dr. Dymond and Kevin Young presented a case study on Virginia's Runoff Reduction Method, followed by comments by Bruce McGranahan (Fairfax County) and Roy Waugh (Bowman Consulting, Chair of the LDDI Advisory Board).  Presentation material from Friday's meeting is now available at these links: Case Study PDF File and the Virginia Runoff Reduction Case Study Spreadsheet - July 2014 (XLSM | 712KB) .  [Note that you should download the pdf file and view it locally as a number of the slides contain comments viewable by hovering your mouse over a comments bubble in the upper left of the slide.  The comments are viewable in Acrobat, but not in a browser window.]  The next meeting of LDDI's general membership will be in January 2015 in northern Virginia.  Keep your eyes peeled for your invitation!

  • 2014 Spring Career Fair Social

    On Tuesday, February 11th from 5:30-7:30pm, LDDI will host “Land Development Career Night” at the Hokie House in Blacksburg. Career night serves as LDDI’s hallmark networking event, and provides an opportunity for students and practitioners to connect prior to Virginia Tech’s Civil & Environmental Engineering Career Fair. We hope you’ll join us for free food and an opportunity to expand your professional network.

  • January 2014 LDDI Winter Meeting


    On Friday, January 24th, LDDI hosted its annual winter meeting in northern Virginia.  The meeting was held at the yet-to-be-completed Reston Metro Plaza.  While the unfinished venue was a bit chilly, it provided an interesting backdrop for the meeting’s guest speakers who talked about the public private partnership that helped to advance the plaza beyond simply a stop on the Silver Line and into a  transit-oriented, mixed-use, urban employment center.  LDDI would like to thank Christopher Clemente (Comstock Partners LC), Robert Stalzer (Fairfax County), and Luis Fernandez (Fernandez and Associates) for providing meeting attendees with an interesting talk.  Meeting attendees were awarded two PDH credits, and as always the meeting provided excellent networking opportunities. Keep an eye out for our summer meeting to be held later this year in Richmond.


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Contact Us

LDDI Coordinator

Dr. Randy Dymond, PE
220-C Patton Hall
Via Dept. of Civil & Env. Engineering
750 Drillfield Drive
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Tel. : (540) 231-9023
E-mail: dymond(at)

LDDI Assistant Coordinator

Mr. Kevin Young, PE
308 Patton Hall
Via Dept. of Civil & Env. Engineering
750 Drillfield Drive
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Tel.: (540) 231-2474
E-mail: keyoung(at)