Millions from Hitt Contracting family kickstart Virginia Tech ‘intelligent infrastructure’ program

Think training related to building and managing smart homes, buildings and cars that communicate with each other, with adaptable materials that respond to different conditions. The university believes that opening the program up to engineers, designers, business majors and students in other study areas is important as the lines between technology, infrastructure and business continue to blur.“The digital age offers an opportunity for the construction industry to modernize,” Hitt said. “Buildings and homes can be — through being connected — part of the information chain. We have the ability to see how buildings are used, energy expended and ultimately how people spend their lives, which makes the building even more efficient.”