Envisioned by the state and the university as an economic engine of growth in the 21st century, the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute was founded in 2000 to become a premier institute for internationally competitive research, education, and outreach. Bioinformatics Facility Phase I, completed in 2003, and Bioinformatics Facility Phase 2, completed in 2004, house most of the operations. The institute changed its name to the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech in December 2015 to reflect the evolution of its research, which spans in scope from molecules to policy.
The building houses the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech, a research institute dedicated to the study of massively interacting systems to answer pressing challenges to human health, habitat, and well-being using an information biology approach.
On Nov. 11, 2016, the building was dedicated and renamed to Steger Hall, in honor of Charles W. Steger, who served as Virginia Tech's president from 2000-2014.
State-of-the-art bioinformatics, computational, and laboratory facilities enable the institute to generate, interpret, and apply vast amounts of data from basic research to some of today’s key challenges in the biomedical, environmental, and agricultural sciences.
Charles W. Steger
Charles Steger received a professional bachelor of architecture degree in 1970, master of architecture in 1971, and Ph.D. in environmental science and engineering in 1978, all from Virginia Tech. He began teaching as an instructor within the College of Architecture and Urban Studies in 1974. He later served as dean of the college from 1981 to 1993. Steger then served as vice president for development and university relations and vice president of the Virginia Tech Foundation from 1993-2000. He became the university's 15th president on Jan. 7, 2000 and served in that role until May 31, 2014. Read his complete biography.
Map Grid: J-9
Building Number: 119/120
Originally Built: 2003-2004