Virginia Tech has undergone a construction boom since Charles Steger became president in 1999.   

Construction projects either completed or underway since then have topped $1 billion.       

Steger tells The Roanoke Times ( ) that university officials don't intend to slow down.        

He says the pursuit of research funding and technology-related changes in education have driven the projects.    

The use of new technology in education requires new buildings. Steger says a lack of enough electrical outlets in classrooms is one of Virginia Tech's biggest problems.   

The university also needs space for faculty and scientists to work.