Earlier this week, Virginia Tech Athletics announced plans to unveil a monument celebrating Coach Beamer to be unveiled at Moody Plaza during a pregame ceremony today.
On Thursday, Tech confirmed that the National Football Foundation will conduct an on-field salute of Coach Beamer, who will accept a plaque that will commemorate his selection to the College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018.
Today, Tech announced another in-game recognition that will take place at halftime of today’s contest against Notre Dame at Lane Stadium. Signage officially recognizing the Beamer-Lawson Indoor Practice Facility will be unveiled on the façade of this award-winning structure at halftime, recognized as one of the nation’s finest multi-purpose training facilities in college and professional athletics.
This naming honors the Beamer family, as well as a significant leadership gift from the John Lawson family that helped make this vision a reality. This halftime ceremony will recognize the significant contributions that both families have made to Virginia Tech and specifically this project which was funded along with the assistance of many generous Tech benefactors. John and Paige Lawson will be recognized in a midfield ceremony along with Frank and Cheryl Beamer, complete with a salute from Skipper.
“We have respected and admired the Beamer family for over 30 years,” Lawson said. “The fact that we were able to help Frank, Cheryl and so many others make this dream become a reality is one of my family’s proudest lifetime achievements.”
A 1975 geophysics alumnus of Virginia Tech, Lawson is the executive chairman of W. M. Jordan Company. He serves on a number of boards, including past chairman and current board member for Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters and The Mariners’ Museum. He was co-chair of Virginia Tech’s $1 billion comprehensive campaign, a past Rector for the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors and co-founder of the Meyers-Lawson School of Construction Management at Virginia Tech.
Opened in Coach Beamer’s final season in 2015, the project was conceived as a facility that would not only benefit football, but would also be available to many other of Tech’s teams and the Virginia Tech community. Designed and constructed under the direction of the W. M. Jordan Company, the building features eight distinctive porticoes engraved with the same values on the eight pylons of Virginia Tech’s War Memorial – Brotherhood, Honor, Leadership, Sacrifice, Service, Loyalty, Duty and Ut Prosim. The expansive structure can hold a volume of over 7.9 million cubic square feet and has a height over 86 feet from the field to the interior roof trusses, a feature specially requested by Coach Beamer to allow for punting and kicking.
The facility has received multiple awards from the Design-Build Institute of America’s Mid-Atlantic Region, an organization that teaches and promotes the best practices in design-build construction. Most notably, the Beamer-Lawson Indoor Practice Facility received a first-place award for building design. Along with HKS Sports + Entertainment, the W.M. Jordan Company also received the Excellence in Architecture Award for the project.
Selected to the College Football Hall of Fame in his initial year of eligibility, the Notre Dame game will also provide an opportunity for the National Football Foundation to conduct an on-field salute of Coach Beamer as one of the game’s most revered figures. Coach Beamer will accept a Hall of Fame plaque that will stay on permanent display at Virginia Tech. The College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018 will be inducted during the 61st NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 4, 2018.