LDDI Involved in Drillfield Improvement Committee

For many Hokies, there’s no more prominent feature of campus than the Drillfield.  Each day, thousands of students cross the Drillfield on their way to class, and at almost any time you can find a pickup game of soccer or football being played, frisbees being tossed, students studying or catching a quick nap under one of its many trees, or these days having a snowball fight.  However, due to this heavy use, it is a challenge to maintain a visually appealing landscape, and by the end of each semester numerous unsightly “cow paths” cover the Drillfield.  During the fall 2014 semester, Virginia Tech assembled an interdisciplinary team to evaluate alternatives to the paths that currently cross the Drillfield.  The team has been tasked with identifying options that can accommodate the massive amount of foot traffic on the Drillfield, while also considering those with special mobility needs, aesthetics, maintenance, and preservation of the Drillfield’s unique character.  LDDI Coordinator Dr. Randy Dymond and Sustainable Land Development Club (SLDC) President Michael Roselius are currently serving on the Drillfield Committee.  Michael’s role allows him to serve as a bit of a liaison between the student body and the committee.  Embracing this role, Michael said, “As a student representative, I hope to share insight to our  decisions with my classmates so as to get real opinions on the future of the Drillfield before implementation.  This also provides me with an opportunity to relay our students’ ideas back to the committee.”  Michael added, “By reaching out to various student constituencies, I can bring a significant portion of the student body’s opinions and ideas to this committee.” Dr. Dymond also got students from the CEE 4264 Sustainable Land Development class involved by having them do a special homework assignment on the Drillfield Project. For more information on the Drillfield improvement efforts, please click here.