Science & Engineering Hall

Designed for Discovery

SEH Photo“Other universities around the U.S. are also currently building new engineering facilities, but few have the scale, the scope, and the ambitious goals of GW’s Science and Engineering Hall [SEH]. The new SEH will be approximately 500,000 gross square feet.  This is hugely important, not because of bragging rights, but because of the possibilities that a building like this brings to GW—to grow the research we’re already doing, to branch out into new areas, to collaborate with colleagues inside and outside of GW in a broad range of engineering and natural science disciplines, to engage our students with new teaching methods, and to give them hands-on experiences that they’ve never before had.”

David Dolling
Dean


Key facts:

  • 500,000 gross square feet
  • 14 floors:
    • 8 floors above grade
    • 2 floors below grade for programming
    • 4 floors below grade for parking
  • Completion date: late 2014
  • LEED Gold Certification
  • Cost: $300 million


Key Features & Design Attributes:

  • Core research facilities:
    • a vibration-free and particulate-free nanotechnology fabrication facility
    • a powerful imaging facility
    • a three-story high-bay with a “strong floor” and “strong wall” (reinforced surfaces that can withstand the testing of materials against intense vertical and horizontal loads) for conducting large-scale experiments
  • Flexible, reconfigurable spaces:
    • includes research space, teaching labs, common areas, administrative and faculty office space
    • open, "on display" design character facilitates faculty/student collaboration
  • Teaching and research neighborhoods:
    • undergraduate instructional labs that allow the integration of lecture,  laboratory, and hands-on research space
  • Learning commons:
    • multiple formal and informal gathering spaces that will foster engagement and  extend learning that begins in the classrooms and laboratories 
  • Multi-use auditorium and media center:
    • will provide an on-campus space appropriate for hosting national science and engineering symposia and conferences
    • can be configured to three modes: a symposium hall, a lecture hall, or scale-up  space
  • Campus hub:
    • situated on the corridor from the Foggy Bottom/GWU Metro stop and easily  accessible to visitors from partner research institutions
    • located across the street from the university's medical center to facilitate  interdisciplinary research among engineering and medical faculty

 

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