Magazine article University Business

District House at the George Washington University

Magazine article University Business

District House at the George Washington University

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District House, The George Washington University's new residence hall, overlooks historic sites in the nation's capital. A 12-story, 342,000-square-foot mega-dorm, it accommodates nearly 900 students and includes six dining franchises, conference rooms, a performing arts center and campus food pantry. The energy-efficient structure, which uses LED lighting exclusively and has low-flow plumbing, is targeting LEED certification.

* CHALLENGE: Space to expand the 26,000-student university was scarce in Washington's Foggy Bottom neighborhood, which lies within blocks of the White House and in view of the Washington Monument. The real estate that was available was expensive.

Any construction also had to take into account the historical surroundings; plus, administrators wanted both on-campus residents and commuter students to take advantage of the new residence hall.

"In our 2007 campus plan, we talked about going up, not out, as our commitment to being good neighbors within the community," says Seth Weinshel, assistant dean of students for housing and financial services. "So we filled in and went higher."

* SOLUTION: District House combined and expanded three former residence halls. …

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