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Andrew McCoy

Associate Director for Research and Innovation, Myers-Lawson School of Construction
  • Director, Virginia Center for Housing Research
  • Beliveau Professor, Building Construction
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1345 Perry St
430A Bishop-Favrao Hall
Blacksburg VA 24061

Role and Background

Dr. Andrew P. McCoy serves as the Director of the Virginia Center for Housing Research (VCHR), Beliveau Professor of the Department of Building Construction, and Associate Director of the Myers-Lawson School of Construction. He previously held the Preston and Catharine White Fellowship.

Andrew’s teaching focuses on giving students practical experience working on estimating and project management of real construction projects. His graduate course explores concepts, theories, and applications of innovation in construction, specializing in residential systems. His main area of research involves diffusion and commercialization of innovative projects in the construction industry. Andrew’s research won the 2015 Game Changer Award for the State of Virginia, Engineering News Record's 2014 "Top 20 under 40" for the Mid-Atlantic, ASCE's Journal of Architectural Engineering "Top Paper Award 2015," the American Real Estate Society conference’s "best paper prize for the topic of Sustainable Real Estate" and Historic Richmond's Golden Hammer Award 2022.

Andrew is the main author of numerous books and peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers about innovation adoption, diffusion and commercialization in residential construction and construction safety. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the ASC's International Journal of Construction Education and Research and Associate Editor of the inaugural edition of ASCE’s Journal of Architectural Engineering Special Edition on Residential Building Construction. has authored over 100 articles and has been a primary investigator on millions of dollars in funded projects, including ‘green’ residential construction practices, building technologies, affordable housing, and safety practices in the construction supply chain. Notable funded endeavors include: 1) The Commonwealth of Virginia's Executive Order 32 study "Addressing the Impact of Housing Affordability for Virginia’s Economy"; 2) HUD's " Impact of Market Behavior on the Adoption and Diffusion of Innovative Green Building Technologies," A Sustainable Communities Research grant; 3) HUD's "Strategies for Promoting Innovation in Housing"; 4) NIOSH's “The Case for a Whole Industry Approach to Safety,” a grant on safety across cultures and sectors of the construction industry and 5) Housing Virginia's "The Impact of Energy Efficient Construction for LIHTC Housing in Virginia" and 6) Virginia Housing's "Printing for Affordable Concrete housing and Training (PACT)" which developed the first affordable, owner-occupied house in the world using 3D concrete printing.

He and his faculty teammates received the university-level 2010 XCalibur Award for excellence in integrating technology into the Classroom Environment. The project won the European Premier Prize (first overall internationally) and garnered the first ever National AIA Award for a University. He and a colleague also received the College of Architecture and Urban Studies' 2011 University Excellence in Outreach as a Team award and the 2011 Alumni Excellence in Outreach for Virginia Tech, based on his work with engaging industry. The alumni excellence award places him permanently into the Academy of Outreach Excellence.

His students awarded him the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Exemplary Faculty Award for the Department of Building Construction in the Myers Lawson School of Construction, the University’s 2013 Favorite Faculty Award from the Division of Student Affairs and the March 2013 University Teacher of the Week from the Center for Instructional Development and Education Research (CIDER). His peers awarded him the 2013 Young Alumni Award from the Department of Building Construction.

Previously, Andrew served in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry for more than 20 years before joining the Building Construction Program.


Andrew holds a Ph.D in Enviromnential Design and Planning from Virginia Tech and a undergraduate degrees in Architecture and Architectural History from the University of Virginia.

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