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Why is there so much construction?

Walking down the street, it’s hard not to notice construction projects that are changing the face of the Foggy Bottom Campus. The Hatchet compiled a brief guide to help you demystify the rubble and learn about major University projects that will be in progress throughout your GW career.

Science and Engineering Complex

Location: 22nd and H streets, in place of the current University Parking Garage
Estimated for completion: 2014, and will be open for use in 2015

GW’s top governing body, the Board of Trustees, approved building a Science and Engineering Complex in October. The soon-to-be structure is aimed at elevating the University to a top-tier research institution by boosting classroom and laboratory space for the science and engineering departments under one centralized roof. At $275 million, the SEC is the most expensive building in University history. GW is changing the building’s official name to the Science and Engineering Hall, but most students still refer to it as the SEC.

Law Learning Center and Underground Parking Garage

Location: 2000 block of G Street
Estimated for completion: fall 2012

The $31 to $37 million project will add 20,000 square feet of academic space to the law school, allowing the program more flexibility when determining class offerings sizes. A 450-spot below-ground parking garage will also help offset the spaces lost by the closure of the University Parking Garage to make way for the SEC.

School of Public Health and Health Sciences

Location: New Hampshire Avenue and 24th Street, in place of the current Warwick Memorial Building
Estimated for completion: late 2013

GW is giving the School of Public Health and Health Sciences its own seven-story home. SPHHS, a school with about 100 faculty members and typically about 900 undergraduate and graduate students, will shift to the new building after historically holding classes at Ross Hall. The new, environmentally friendly facility will hold office space, classrooms and breakout study areas, as well as a green roof, public park and storm water storage site for runoff water.

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