Stop by the Community Design Assistance Center  at 101 South Main Street during their open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, and learn about the amazing work the center is doing in communities across Virginia and beyond, not to mention the valuable experience Virginia Tech students are gaining by working on these projects.

CDAC assists communities, civic groups, and nonprofit organizations in improving their natural and built environments through research, community engagement, and interdisciplinary design. The center also provides opportunities for students to engage with communities, connecting university knowledge with real world experience.

CDAC’s projects have included developing plans for greenways and trails, parks and recreation, rain gardens and storm water, streetscapes, urban forestry and more. You can check out some of their current and past projects on their website. The award-winning book “Lost Communities of Virginia” was another project of CDAC.  The book rediscovers small communities across the commonwealth, telling their stories through photographs, interviews with longtime residents, and historical information.