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!

Highlights and News
LDDI Hosts Spring General Meeting in Charlotte

In April, LDDI hosted its second, thematic General Meeting (and third meeting overall) in Charlotte, NC. Held at Dewberry’s Charlotte office, the meeting featured student presentations, an LDDI program update, and a panel of guest speakers discussing recent updates on North Carolina’s stormwater management regulations

Claire White Serves as Editor for Land Development Handbook

First released in 1995, the Land Development Handbook has become one of the most widely recognized and referenced publications in the land development design profession

LDDI Coordinator Receives Innovation in Engineering Education Award

At the College of Engineering Dean’s s Awards, held on May 9th, LDDI Coordinator Dr. Randy Dymond was awarded the W.S. ‘Pete‘ White Innovation in Engineering Education Award