The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) is located at 150 Slayton Ave. in the Cyber Park of Danville, Va. Its growing campus includes five existing buildings.

Current Buildings

Main IALR Building (90,000 square feet) - 150 Slayton Ave., Danville, VA

The main building sports an impressive steel, glass and brick façade and houses the following five divisions: Advanced Learning, Applied Research, Advanced Manufacturing, Economic Development and the Institute Conference Center & Facilities. The latter includes a great hall, classrooms, meeting spaces, technology labs, research space, an auditorium, executive board room, three executive conference rooms and an on-site restaurant, Megabytes.

Center for Manufacturing Advancement (51,250 square feet) - 211 Slayton Ave., Danville, VA

IALR’s new $28.8 million Center for Manufacturing Advancement (CMA) will enhance the Southern Virginia advanced manufacturing sector. The CMA offers a platform for leading edge business success specifically targeted to manufacturing companies establishing their presence in Southern Virginia.

Center for Manufacturing Advancement

Sustainable Energy and Technology Center (SENTEC) (26,000 square feet) - 228 Slayton Ave., Danville, VA

SENTEC, a high-end building boasting a 3,800 sq. ft. high bay, offices and analytical and processing labs, promotes research and development with leased tenant space. The SENTEC building achieved LEED Gold certification, which addresses carbon, energy, water, waste, transportation, materials, health and indoor environmental qualities.

Charles R. Hawkins Building (37,500 square feet) - 230 Slayton Ave., Danville, VA

The primary role of the Charles R. Hawkins Building is to serve as the home to IALR’s Advanced Manufacturing division and the Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining, which offers an advanced precision machining curriculum with industry-recognized credentials. The center is designed to replicate the real world working experience with quality, high-tech machines, and the program is widely renowned as a benchmark model for workforce development.

Rapid Launch Facility (14,000 square feet) - 232 Slayton Ave., Danville, VA

IALR’s Rapid Launch Facility helps existing industries significantly reduce the traditional startup time as they establish new business operations in their own facility within the region. Completed in February 2020, the Rapid Launch Facility includes a total of 14,000 square feet consisting of two high bay launch spaces as well as office and meeting space. Helps new and existing industries significantly reduce the traditional start-up time as they establish new business operations in their own facility in the area. Important resource for attracting economic development opportunities to the region. For space inquiries, contact Leslie Dobbins  at or 434.766.6722.