George Washington University to Build New 850-Bed Residence Hall

The George Washington University, the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia, plans to build a new, $130 million residence hall to meet the rising demand from students looking to live on the Foggy Bottom campus.

The George Washington University, the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia, plans to build a new, $130 million residence hall to meet the rising demand from students looking to live on the Foggy Bottom campus. The project was approved by the George Washington University board of trustees on Friday, Oct. 19.

The new dorm will bring 850 beds to the Foggy Bottom campus. It will be developed mid-block between 21st and 22nd streets on H and Eye streets and will incorporate new construction with the front portions of three existing residence halls constructed in the mid-1920s: the West End, Schenley and Crawford.

Students will be able to live in two-bedroom, studio or affinity housing units. The building will serve mostly students in their second and third years, but some units are set aside for professional staff and faculty participating in George Washington’s faculty-in-residence program. Plans also include 64,000 square feet developed for student-related activities, meeting space and retail space. The residence hall is expected to be completed before the start of the university’s fall 2016 semester.

“The new building provides an opportunity to enhance the university’s student housing inventory to meet the needs of our students and further our efforts to build our residential communities as outlined in the strategic plan,” said Alicia Knight, GWU senior associate vice president of operations.

The George Washington University has big plans for its Foggy Bottom campus. The day before the board’s approval, it broke ground on a 35,000-square-foot museum right in the heart of the campus. It will be custom built and located at G and 21st streets. The George Washington University Museum will be home to Washington’s 87-year-old Textile Museum, the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection and the university’s fine art collection. It is scheduled to open to the public in fall 2014.

Photo credits: The George Washington University.
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