Science & Engineering Hall

A Regional Hub for Discovery

Leveraging our location at the center of one of the world's largest and most comprehensive science and engineering regions, the George Washington University is constructing a 500,000 gross square feet Science and Engineering Hall capable of serving as a regional science and engineering hub.  This state-of-the-art, flexible learning and research space will bring together under one roof the faculty of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the faculty of the five sciences departments of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

In the new Science and Engineering Hall, GW will grow the research we’re already doing, branch out into new areas, and collaborate with others inside and outside the university in a broad range of engineering and natural science disciplines.


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

When it is completed in late 2014, this 500,000 square foot, state-of-the-art building will be the home of the School of Engineering and Applied Science’s education and research programs  in biomedical engineering, cybersecurity, high-performance computing, nanotechnologies robotics, and many other fields.