SEC Gets First Zoning Approval

April 28, 2011

Science & Engineering Hall exterior

The D.C. Zoning Commission gave preliminary approval on Monday to GW’s application to build the Science and Engineering Complex.

The complex, which will be located on the site of the existing University Parking Garage on 22nd and H Streets, will nearly double the space on campus allotted to several science and engineering disciplines.

"The Zoning Commission's approval is an important milestone for the university's efforts to further its reputation as a top-tier research institution," said Provost Steven Lerman. "The university is pleased with the support received for this project from students, faculty, staff, alumni and neighbors - and that the members of the commission recognized the importance of this building to the advancement of science and engineering in the District of Columbia and the nation."

As a result of Monday's approval, GW’s application will be referred to the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) for standard review and will then be returned to the Zoning Commission for its final approval in coming months.

Pending final approval, construction will begin this summer with demolition of the existing UPG and site preparation. The university expects to complete the construction in late 2014.

The GW Board of Trustees unanimously approved the Science and Engineering Complex project last October, and the university filed the second-stage application in November with the D.C. Zoning Commission. The project is estimated to cost $275 million, funded primarily with lease payments from Square 54 (across from GW Hospital), indirect cost reimbursement from grants and contracts supporting faculty research, and philanthropic gifts from the GW community.

The Zoning Commission also voted Monday to give final approval to GW’s application for the Law Learning Center garage on Square 103 in the 2000 block of G Street. The project received preliminary Zoning Commission approval in March and completed its 30-day NCPC review earlier this month. The project will include capacity for 392 below-grade parking spaces and ground-level program space for the Law School.

Detailed background information on these projects is available in the campus development section of GW’s neighborhood website.