Magazine article University Business

Science and Engineering Hall at the George Washington University

Magazine article University Business

Science and Engineering Hall at the George Washington University

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At 500,000 square feet, the new Science and Engineering Hall at The George Washington University is the largest academic building dedicated to these fields in the nation's capital. And it serves thousands of students and roughly 140 faculty members in the heart of the Foggy Bottom campus. The building, known on campus as the SEH, provides eight floors of laboratory space to support both academics and research. CHALLENGE: The university's science and engineering facilities had grown dated. "We haven't had a new lab building at the downtown campus for about 40 years and the fields that need them had been suffering as a result," says Can Korman, associate dean of research and graduate studies.

In 2007, the university and then-incoming President Steve Knapp made research and technology a new strategic priority, Korman says. That helped fuel support for a new building. In fact, during the last decade, the university's research funding has grown 80 percent, increasing the need for modern labs. SOLUTION: Though large in size, many of the Science and Engineering Hall's exterior and classroom walls are glass, bringing in natural light and creating an open feel. "There's a lot of outside visibility for such a large building," he says. …

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