Welcome Teams, Students, Faculty, Volunteers, Judges, and Sponsors to Virginia Tech!
We are very excited to have you on our campus for the Student Steel Bridge Competition (SSBC) National Finals. The SSBC has been happening since 1987 when Lawrence Tech, Michigan Tech, and Wayne State competed in a parking lot to determine who had the best bridge. This first competition sparked an interest in the competition across the country, thus starting the Regional Competitions and National Finals. The competition has grown every year since and now there are approximately 200 schools that compete each year.
We plan to continue this tradition with an action-filled weekend. All competition events will be located in the Beamer-Lawson Indoor Practice Facility. The building is a steel-framed structure where the VT football team practices. This will also be the location of the Saturday night Awards Banquet. Other meetings will take in places close to this central location, but feel free to explore our beautiful campus and take in the famous Hokie Stone and Gothic architecture.
While the Hokie Stone façade is a staple of the campus, it did not start out like that. Virginia Tech started in 1872 as a land grant university with focus in agriculture and engineering, and all brick buildings. The campus has a long history and the multiple name changes encompass that story. One of the oldest components is the Corp of Cadets, started officially in the 1890s, paying homage to the military aspect of the school when first started in 1872. We are one of the three remaining public institutions that has both an active corp of cadets and a "civilian" lifestyle.
We welcome you to our campus filled with history and tradition, and we're excited to be a part of another tradition, hosting the National Finals !
The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) are the organizing sponsors of the Student Steel Bridge Competition (SBBC). Outstanding performance in Regional Competitions, and only participation in those competitions, qualifies eligible teams for the Student Steel Bridge Competition National Finals, which is organized by AISC in collaboration with ASCE.
Visit aisc.org/ssbc to view the Official Rules and Clarifications that govern the competition, as well as past competition history, resources for competitors and faculty, and more.