He sees the lush green practice fields with a new video observation tower in the middle of them. There's also the pristine 66,233-seat stadium that has expanded by more than 16,000 seats, including the addition of luxury suites, state-of-the-art video board and south end zone seating, during his tenure.
Not a bad spread, especially for a guy who almost wasn't around to see any of it, or help make any of it come to fruition. Beamer, 64, is the product of another place and time in college athletics — a place where "long-suffering" described the Hokies, a more patient time.
"What I'm most proud of is, I don't think Virginia Tech is thought of now the way it was 10 years ago, 15 years ago," said Beamer, a 1969 Tech graduate. "How we're thought of on a national level, I think, has changed. I think you have to be consistent for your name to be mentioned on a high level.
"Right now, when I sit in my office and I look out the window, I see every facility that we have. … I take great pride in that. Things have changed, and that's all private money. It's not state money. It's people that believed in the program."
It's easy to believe these days when you tick off the achievements Beamer's program has accumulated since the start of the '93 season: 18 consecutive bowl games; seven conference championships (four in the Atlantic Coast Conference and three in the Big East); a national-best, and current, streak of seven consecutive seasons with at least 10 victories; wins in the Orange and Sugar Bowl and one national championship game appearance.
Of course, it wasn't always that way. Former Tech athletic director Dave Braine remembers the lean years better than most.
Braine, 68, was Tech's AD from 1988-97. When Beamer arrived from Murray State in '87 to take over Tech's program, the Hokies were just beginning a two-year NCAA probation resulting from improper benefits to players under former football coach Bill Dooley.
Tech lost 20 football scholarships in the next two years and was banned from postseason play in '88 and '89. Those issues contributed greatly to Beamer's rough start. In his first six seasons, the Hokies were 24-40-2.
As bad as it was, Braine said there really wasn't mass uproar from fans. Again, it was a different era, and Tech football barely registered a blip in the public sporting psyche.
"It was before the two giant things that run college athletics today," Braine said. "It was before the Internet and talk radio. If somebody didn't like what I did, they had three choices. They either wrote me, called me or they came to see me. Most people were afraid to call you. Most people didn't want a confrontation. So, they wrote me a letter, and it was over with. Seven days later, they got an answer back in a letter, and it was between that person and me.
"People forget that when Frank took over the program, there was a whole lot of apathy. The program was on probation. We were in debt. Season tickets were hard to sell. There just wasn't much going on. The interest just wasn't there in the football program until the '93 season when we won the Independence Bowl, and we've been going to bowl games ever since."
Braine recalls only small pockets of particularly vocal individuals calling for change.
A man in south central Virginia wrote Braine a nasty letter every day.
Another man sat behind Braine in church every Sunday. As soon as services ended, the man would rip into Braine about letting that idiot Beamer run the program into the ground — Braine stopped attending that church.
The most venom from any group came from Braine's Saturday-morning coffee crowd at a Hardee's in Blacksburg. They were longtime season-ticket holders and good-natured in their barbs.
"They were the ones that used to give me the hardest time, and it really wasn't that bad," Braine said.
The truth of the matter is, Braine was among a faction that believed in Beamer. The late Dr. Jim McComas, then Tech's president, also was a supporter.