In response to rapid growth and a desire to connect further into downtown DC, Georgetown University created a new, unified home for its School of Continuing Studies in the Chinatown/Gallery Place neighborhood. The consolidation of Georgetown’s off-campus programs into a single location supports expanded programs and offers immediate access to public transit and urban amenities.
STUDIOS Architecture guided the University through an extensive site search, which led to the selection of the Brookfield-owned property. The space offered a unique opportunity to create a four-story atrium with a central communicating stair that connects the surrounding offices and classrooms. A new two-story glass curtainwall at the street level invites pedestrian interest.
GHT employed Revit® MEP building information modeling (BIM) software to provide full documentation for the project. In addition to learning and administrative space, the project offers a media lab, library resource center, alumni center, and environments for contemplation, study, team interaction, socializing, and dining. A large broadcast studio is being converted into a tiered auditorium designed to be used for a variety of educational and social purposes. The project achieved a certification level of Gold under the LEED for Commercial Interiors™ rating system.