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Va. Tech opens NoVa research center

Sunday - 7/3/2011, 12:08pm  ET

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Virginia Tech has opened a research center in northern Virginia, extending the school's presence in the Washington, D.C., area.

University officials say the Virginia Tech Research Center - Arlington is close to federal government agencies and corporations. It also allows Virginia Tech to gather many of its northern Virginia researchers in one place.

The 144,000-square-foot center is located in Arlington's Ballston area. The exterior of the building includes exhibit space, an outdoor terrace restaurant, and abundant green space. Virginia Tech officials held an opening ceremony last week.

A number of Virginia Tech research facilities and institutes in northern Virginia have relocated to the Arlington center. The groups include the Advanced Research Center, the Center for Geospatial Information Technology and the Virginia Tech Bioinformatics Institute.

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