One of the main impediments to establishing an IA program is the requirement of a laboratory facility that will reinforce concepts taught in class with hands-on experiences. This is due to the fact that an IA lab is difficult to build and maintain as it needs to be dedicated and isolated and cannot be part of a general purpose campus laboratory. Many schools cannot afford a separate laboratory just for an IS course. In this paper we present the design of a virtual laboratory that will allow multiple institutions to share one physical laboratory. This design was done as part of an NSF capacity building project to establish a centralized laboratory facility at Polytechnic that can be used by schools in the tri-state area surrounding NY City.