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Brick Renovation will Improve Dahlgren Quad

A new project will renovate the bricks and granite in Dahlgren Quad to improve the safety, sustainability, aesthetics, and functionality of the quad. Along with the renovation of the Former Jesuit Residence, this restoration will bring major improvements to the historic core of campus.

Removal of the existing bricks began July 31 and will continue through mid-August, before the start of classes. During this phase, there will be temporary restrictions on access to Dahlgren Quad, and to Old North and Healy Hall through the quad. Pedestrian and ADA access to Dahlgren Chapel will remain from Old North Way on the south side of the chapel.

Once the bricks are removed, temporary pathways will restore access to Old North and Healy Hall as the new bricks are installed. Restoration of the quad will finish in December 2015.

Below is a map showing the detours through Dahlgren Quad. Please send any questions or concerns to Planning and Facilities Management at

Dahlgren Quad Detour

Sustainable Operations Plan Outlines Campus Sustainability Goals

During Planning 302, Georgetown’s Director of Sustainability presented on the university’s sustainability operations plan, a part of the overall master plan, which integrates environmental sustainability into campus operations and business services.

The plan is organized into eight focus areas, with goals and key metrics for each focus area. The eight areas are:

  • Energy and Climate
  • Buildings and Built Environment
  • Food
  • Land and Grounds
  • Purchasing
  • Transportation
  • Water
  • Solid Waste and Materials

The goals were developed through a multi-semester, stakeholder-based campus sustainability planning process facilitated the Office of Sustainability. The Sustainability Operations Plan is a living document designed to support the the university’s core mission while helping realize Georgetown’s institutional commitment to sustainability. Now that a draft plan has been created, the Office of Sustainability will continue engaging campus stakeholders over the next year to finalize and adopt a plan.

Click here to download the Executive Summary of the Sustainable Operations Plan and download the Planning 302 presentation to learn more about sustainability planning at Georgetown.

Read feedback from Planning 302

The university held Planning 302, a community open house on master planning in April, and presented feedback from previous master planning sessions, conceptual projects in the master plan, the status of and options for Kehoe Field, and sustainability planning. Planning 302 was the seventh community open house since the master planning process began in the fall of 2012.

Over 90 people attended the two session and engaged in an active conversation on concepts for student housing and the future of Kehoe Field. In addition, participants shared feedback on white papers around the room on topics including Kehoe Field and Yates Field House, Sustainability, Transportation, Student Life, and more. Some of these comments have been consolidated or streamlined for clarity. Many of these ideas are part of the master plan and will help inform the design and use of future spaces. Others are similar to the feedback from Planning 301.

In future posts, we’ll share more information about how the university is incorporating these ideas into the master plan. Please add to these ideas and share your feedback in the comments.

Kehoe Field/Yates:

  • Tennis courts on campus
    • Leavey or Lot B
    • Leavey: Try not to put tennis courts on what little green space the university has
  • Fix Kehoe Field: throw away everything on the roof, then add waterproofing, drainage/insulation, and synthetic surface to keep field in use while master planning develops
  • If you build a new Yates, put another building under the new Shaw Field. We have limited space; use what we have wisely!
  • Allow for reservations on nearby off-campus fields while Kehoe is undergoing renovations
  • Smoke-free by Yates
  • Options 4 and 5 for Kehoe Field/Yates are preferable (see Planning 301 for more detail). Given the high usage, it’s a worthwhile investment


  • Native plants only
  • Stormwater management (green roofs, bioswales, permeable pavement)
  • Fuel-efficient GUTS bus routes
  • On-site renewable energy
  • Sustainable construction materials, vendors, and waste disposal
  • Smoke-free campus
  • Really liked the free bike pump stations! Hope to see more and the one in Red Square functioning
  • Renewable energy production on campus
  • More spaces to hang hammocks. Trees are too far apart or not strong enough
  • Agreement that for every square foot of green space taken away for construction, it will be added elsewhere on campus
  • Post-consumer recycling at Leo’s
  • Green roof projects
  • Biodigester to convert food waste to energy
  • More aggressive LEED standard commitment, including commitment to LEED Gold
  • Revamp recycling in residence halls, with single-stream recycling and clear instructions for what can and cannot be recycled


  • Metro stop for campus
  • Subsidized Uber for commute
  • SafeRides needs to be improved
  • Make GUTS website easier to navigate. I can’t figure out where and when the Adams Morgan shuttle leaves. Or exactly how to use the Law Center shuttle to get to the Hill. More people will use GUTS if they understand it
    • Ridership is low when routes are unclear and poorly advertised
  • Why doesn’t the GUTS bus run on weekends?
  • Preserve Prospect Street GUTS bus
  • Consider extending streetcar to GU and the Palisades

Student Life:

  • Intentional and permanent commuter student lounge
  • Institutionalize Casa Latina
  • Survey accessibility of buildings and residence halls, and involve accessibility in construction planning
    • Contact Dani Zamalin (dez6) for talks on disability student rights
  • Directly involve students on discussions that involve working with the community regarding off-campus living
  • Provide a timeline for renovations on existing residence halls and commit to transparency in the renovation process
    • Henle is a top priority for residential renovation
    • Henle buzzers need to be fixed
    • Renovate existing residence halls before new ones are constructed
  • Set aside resources in master plan for mental health resources on campus
  • Active design and accessibility should be balanced for residential projects
  • Smoke-free campus
  • Quiet study space on north campus
  • Expanded dining options, usable with meal swipes


  • Very happy to see the larger audience turnout compared to previous planning sessions
    • Students will engage if you provide the opportunity
  • Smoke-free campus
    • Designate smoking areas away from high density pedestrian areas
    • Enclosed smoking lounges with smoke filters
  • Enhance access and use of Leavey Esplande
  • Improve GOCard technology using existing Blackboard vendor products
    • RFID eliminates magnetic stripe failure
    • Integrate with future Metro payment system
    • Current GOCard technology only has a magnetic stripe and no security features, like a hologram, microprint, or UV ink
  • Put campus resources on back of GOCard, like CAPS, GERMS, GUPD, Women’s Center, LGBTQ center numbers, etc.
  • Disability accessibility is a critical issue
    • Elevators are in bad shape and often break down, are closed, or are otherwise inaccessible
    • I would not encourage a disabled student to come to Georgetown
  • Renovate Reiss 6th floor for student club offices
  • Use less salt for snow
  • Do not accept 90+% housing requirement
  • Provide a presentation on academic planning that discusses graduate student growth, undergraduate curriculum ideas, and the reason for a new academic building by Regents

Take the university’s annual transportation survey

Today the university is launching its annual transportation survey to gather data from faculty, staff, students, neighbors, and visitors about how they travel to and from campus.

The results of the survey will help the university develop a Transportation Demand Management (TDM) comprehensive plan for the campus and is a key piece of our master planning process. The university is working with Wells and Associates, a transportation consulting firm, to conduct the survey and develop the TDM plan.

The survey is open until April 22 at Cash prizes are available for survey participants, including $100, $250, and $500 drawings.

What is TDM?

Transportation Demand Management (TDM) is a package of strategies that seek to encourage alternative transportation and reduce congestion. These strategies include programs, policies, and incentives for ridesharing and carpooling, transit use, bicycling, parking management, alternative work schedules, and other efforts to influence travel behavior. Successful TDM programs require a clear understanding of travel behavior and TDM goals in order to develop the strategies that will best achieve those goals.

Previous Surveys

This will be the third consecutive year Georgetown has conducted the transportation survey. You can read the reports and explore the data from the 2013 survey and the 2014 survey.

Some key findings from the 2014 survey include:

  • 6,079 people took the survey, or about 28% of the campus population, and 5,091 respondents were commuters
  • 65% of Georgetown commuters choose a mode of transportation other than private vehicle.
  • 77% of GUTS riders took the Dupont Circle or Rosslyn routes
  • 65% of respondents believe that transit is their most likely alternative to campus

How do you travel to campus every day? Take the survey and let us know!

Georgetown now offering limited housing for graduate students

Beginning in fall 2015, Georgetown University will offer a limited amount of housing for graduate students in Rosslyn, Virginia, just across the river from Georgetown. Developing graduate student housing is part of the vision for the university’s master plan, and by engaging with graduate students through the planning process, graduate housing has become a key near-term priority.

The university is offering 44 rental units at the Virginia Suites, including studios and one-bedroom units. All units are fully furnished, include all utilities, and feature access to building amenities including a pool, fitness center, and free shuttle to the Rosslyn Metro. The GUTS Arlington Route will also add a new stop at the Virginian Suites to allow direct access to campus.

There are also a limited number of parking spots available for graduate student renters for an additional monthly fee. The Virginian Suites is also conveniently located near many restaurants, coffee shops, and a grocery store.

Listings for units in the Virginian Suites are available on the university’s off-campus property listing website. The Office of Neighborhood Life is also available to provide more information and assist graduate students renting units at the Virginian. Suites. The Virginian Suites is located at 1500 Arlington Boulevard.

Campus traffic changes to make campus more pedestrian friendly

Through the master planning process, the university is developing a long-term vision for the future of campus. There are also opportunities for more immediate improvements to campus that are aligned with the core principles guiding the master plan.

One of those core planning principles is to make the campus more pedestrian friendly. Beginning April 6, the university will make changes to vehicle traffic patterns in the pedestrian core (map below) to make campus safer for pedestrians. These changes include:

  • No left turn at the intersection of West Road and North Road for vehicles heading south.
  • No vehicles permitted to the east of the Southwest Garage P1 exit (entrance facing Hoya Field).
  • No vehicle access to Library Walk.
  • No left turn at the intersection of Tondorf Road and Library Walk for vehicles heading south.
  • No right turn at the intersection of West Road and North Road for vehicles heading north.

Pedestrian Core

Additionally, vehicles leaving the Southwest Garage from the P1 exit (entrance facing Hoya Field) will not be permitted to turn right, and there will be no personal or unauthorized delivery vehicle access to campus from Prospect Street.

These changes to vehicle traffic patterns will make the campus safer for pedestrians while still allowing vehicles to access key points on campus. The Georgetown University Police Department (GUPD) and the Office of Transportation Management (OTM) will help guide and educate drivers regarding the new traffic patterns. Please contact OTM at 202-687-4372 with any questions or concerns.

Future of Yates is a priority for the master plan

On the master planning blog we’re taking a closer look at some of the concepts in the master plan. We first explored a campus space analysis, and in the last post we looked at the concept for a student life corridor in the heart of campus. Now we’ll turn our attention to the future of Yates Field House and Kehoe Field.

It’s clear that Kehoe Field needs to be repaired. Many of the issues on Kehoe are a result of problems with the Yates roof. (Kehoe Field sits atop the Yates roof structure). The university is currently assessing the deficiencies on Kehoe Field to better understand the cost of repairing it.

One option would be to replace Kehoe Field and make repairs to the Yates Field House roof. Doing so, however, may result in a similar situation in the future. After spending money on a renovation, Yates would still be the campus’s recreation center. Aside from the roof problems, the indoor space in Yates is not fully utilized (the tall ceiling results in a waste of vertical space) and the building has a large footprint.

Yates Renewal

It may be more beneficial in the long term to invest in the construction of a new recreation facility. It may be that the cost of replacing the Yates roof and Kehoe Field is not substantially less than the cost of replacing Yates altogether.

The image below illustrates one concept for a new recreational facility. In this concept, the orientation of Yates and Shaw Field are switched and additional field space is preserved below Shaw Field.  A new recreational facility could include tennis courts on the roof and a different design to create additional recreation space and a more modern facility.

Yates Replacement Concept 1

A similar concept would shift a new recreational facility slightly and create an east-west access road at the north end of campus to allow for better circulation of vehicles and relieve congestion around the Medical Center. Both of these new concepts would better use the land by switching the position of the fields and recreational facility while maintaining field space.

Yates Replacement Concept 2

The future of Kehoe Field and Yates Field House is an open question. The vision for the university, planning principles, financial considerations, and feedback from faculty, staff, and students can help answer this question. What do you think about the future of Kehoe and Yates? Share your thoughts in the comments.


Proton Therapy Construction begins this month

Beginning in February, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital will begin construction on a Proton Therapy Center, a new cancer treatment facility. Proton beam therapy is a non-invasive method of destroying cancerous tumors with sub-millimeter precision while sparing nearby healthy tissues and minimizing side effects.

The construction of the Proton Therapy Center will impact access to the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and result in some temporary pathways around the construction site. Medstar Georgetown University Hospital is building the new facility but is coordinating closely the university to manage campus impacts.

Monday, February 9th

  • On February 9th, construction will begin to create a temporary, covered walkway between the Ground Floor of the Gorman Building and the Lombardi building.
  • From Monday, February 9 through Friday, February 13, this access point between Gorman and Lombardi will be closed to all pedestrian traffic.
  • Signage will be in place to redirect associates, patients and visitors to access either building from the First Floor.

Monday, February 16th

  • On February 16th, the main entrance to the Lombardi building lobby will be closed to all pedestrian traffic. All associates, patients, visitors and vendors must access the Lombardi building through the Gorman Building, Pasquerilla Healthcare Center (PHC) or other routes.
  • This closure will continue for approximately the next 16 months as significant construction work for the proton beam center will occur both outside and inside the Lombardi building.
  • There will be no access to the Leavey Center through the Lombardi lobby during this time. Access to the Leavey Center will be available via the PHC and Gorman buildings.
  • Access from the Leavey Center to the Medical Center campus will remain open via a temporary pathway around the Lombardi site and will be ADA-accessible. The Leavey Center entrance to the hotel and conference center will remain open.
  • Signage will be in place inside and outside the Hospital to direct people to the Lombardi building via alternate routes.

Valet & Handicap Parking for Lombardi Patients

  • Patients of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center who wish to valet part their cars, or need handicap access, will be directed to enter campus via Entrance 1 (38th Street and Reservoir Road NW) and utilize the valet parking service and handicap entrances outside the PHC building and Gorman building.
  • Signage will be in place to direct patients to the Lombardi clinic from this area.

As the project continues, construction impacts will be localized around the Lombardi site. There will be increased truck activity at the Canal Road entrance during construction. Trucks will enter campus via Canal Road, travel up West Road to the site, and exit campus via Canal Road.

For any questions or concerns during the construction period, please called Medstar Georgetown University Hospital Facilities Customer Service at (202) 444-4440.

Master Plan Envisions Student Life Corridor in the Heart of Campus

As the university continues to develop the master plan for the future of Georgetown, we’re taking a closer look at some of the concepts in the master plan that were presented at Planning 301 in November 2014. You can download the presentation from Planning 301 here. In the last post, we looked at a assessment of campus spaces that Sasaki Associates conducted. In this post, we will more closely explore the concept for a student life corridor in the heart of campus.

Georgetown is seeking to make the Main Campus a more residential living and learning campus that better integrates the residential experience with academic and social life. By creating high-quality residential buildings and student spaces, Georgetown can remain a competitive university and an attractive place for students for the future.

The university’s master planning principles include making the campus more pedestrian friendly and organizing the campus into coherent districts, according to the use of different spaces. The concept of a student life corridor helps achieve those goals.

Student Life Corridor View

The master plan envisions a student life corridor in the heart of campus. This vision includes a new residential building on Harbin Terrace, a new academic building south of Regents Hall, a pedestrian boulevard on Tondorf Road, and multiple floors of student space along the corridor.

The image above helps illustrate the vision. On the left is the Multisport Field with the Hariri Building in the distance. On right is a new building on Harbin Terrace with two floors of student space (highlighted in yellow) and Harbin Hall. Tondorf Road, primarily a basic vehicular road now, would become a pedestrian boulevard with outdoor and green space.

Student Life Corridor Cross Section

The cross-section image above, looking west, shows the connections between the new residential building, Harbin Hall, a new academic building, and Regents Hall. The bottom two floors of these buildings would provide new student life space.

The concept for the new residential building would feature apartments for upperclassmen. Students have articulated an interest in high-quality apartments that feature more individual rooms, kitchens and common space, and provide a greater sense of independence. As these are only concepts, there is no set timeline for these projects.

A new building on Harbin Terrace would also feature one floor of academic space that could connect to New North. This would integrate residential life with academic life through building design, and also provide a seamless connection from the new building through New North, Old North, and to Healy Hall.

In addition to a new residential building, the vision for a student life corridor includes a new academic building south of Regents Hall. The Sasaki space assessment showed a need for more laboratory and research space on campus. A new academic building, integrated with Regents Hall, could strengthen the research environment with new facilities adaptable to the needs of different research projects.

The bottom two floors of these buildings, at the level of Tondorf Road, would be the signature student life space. At Planning 301, attendees provided ideas for future campus space, include meeting space for student clubs, lounge space for nontraditional or graduate students, or general space for social life. A student life corridor could help fill those needs. At this stage in the planning process, the program, or use of the space, is undefined. It could include retail and food options, expanded space for student services, and other social space. Students have an opportunity to shape what that space becomes.

Student Life Corridor

In addition to creating new space, the master plan envisions removing all vehicle traffic on Tondorf Road north of Harbin Terrace to help make the space more pedestrian and bicycle friendly. Instead of an asphalt street with parking for Facilities vehicles, Tondorf would become a pedestrian boulevard, turning the center of campus into a vibrant outdoor space.

The vision for these new spaces would complete the student life corridor, starting with Leo’s and the Healey Family Student Center in the south and continuing along Tondorf Road to the Leavey Center.

What kind of student life space should this become? Attendees at Planning 301 suggested many ideas and we encourage you to share your ideas and feedback in the comments. In our next post, we’ll look at the future of Yates Field House.

Take a closer look at the master plan concepts

At Planning 301, the master planning open house in November 2014, Vice President for Planning and Facilities Robin Morey presented some concepts for university’s master plan. Over the course of several blog posts, we’ll take a closer look at those concepts. You can share your feedback and ask questions in the comment section. You can also download the presentation from Planning 301 and read the feedback attendees provided at the open house.

The first post in this series explores the assessment of current space conducted by Sasaki Associates, the university’s master planning consultants. This analysis is newly released since Planning 301, so you won’t see it in that presentation.

In the first phase of the master planning process, Sasaki Associates collected data to better understand how faculty, staff, students, and others use the campus, and you can explore the results of the survey in greater detail. Sasaki also conducted an assessment of every space on campus. The results of that assessment, along with our planning principles, help inform the investments Georgetown will make for the future. The space assessment below shows classrooms, labs, study space, faculty and staff offices, general use space, and benchmarks against peer institutions.

General Space Breakdown

The chart below shows a breakdown of space on campus. The space includes 2.5 million assignable square feet (ASF), which is space that can be assigned a use. This chart excludes health care and residential space. There is about 5 million square feet of total space on campus.

Space Breakdown

Classroom Space

The image below shows the distribution of classrooms around campus. On all the maps, the darker blue colors correspond to a higher use. There are 163 classrooms on campus, comprising a little over 140,000 ASF. ICC, Hariri, Walsh, and Car Barn have the highest percentages of classrooms.


The following slides provide some benchmarking against peer institutions for classroom space on campus. The measure is assignable square feet (ASF) per student (FTE means full time equivalent). The first chart shows Georgetown on par with other universities, higher than some peer institutions and lower than others.


Classrooms per Student

The second chart shows classroom hours in use per week, with a target range of 30-40 hours per week. Most of the classrooms fall in the target range, with some above and some below. The underutilized classrooms could be good candidates for modernization.

Classrooms Hours in Use

The chart below shows the hours in use per week of individual teaching labs on campus. The target use is 18-25 hours per week, and the colors run from green to red along that range. The data show that chemistry labs on campus are overutilized. As the university looks at new academic space, flexible laboratory space will be a top priority.

Teaching Labs

Study Space

Sasaki Associates also examined study space on campus. The char below shows close to 200,000 ASF of study space on campus, with the majority of it in Lauinger Library. A couple caveats on these data: the assessment was done before the Healey Family Student Center opened, and the assessment included as study space some study rooms and lounges in residence halls.

Study Space

Again, benchmarking against other universities, Georgetown is on par with our peers and toward the higher end of the spectrum.

Study Space Benchmarking

Office Space

The assessment of office space includes faculty and staff offices on campus. The data show a little over 3,000 offices comprising approximately 400,000 ASF.


The benchmarking data show Georgetown in the normal range with our peers and at the higher end of the spectrum.

Office Benchmarking

General Use Space

General use space is space for co-curricular use, social life, or other non-academic use. There is over 300,000 ASF of general use space on campus, with high intensity use in the Leavey Center and O’Donovan Hall. As with the study space assessment, this does not include the Healey Family Student Center, which is approximately 44,000 square feet.

General Use Space

The benchmarking here again shows Georgetown in line with our peers and toward the higher end of the spectrum.

General Use Space Benchmarking

Understanding the distribution and utilization of space is essential for guiding decisions about space priorities and the type of spaces Georgetown will need to create in the future. One idea for a new academic building includes flexible lab space that would allow a research team to use a space for the duration of a project, then turn it over to another team for a new project.

In the next post, we’ll take a closer look at a concept for a student life corridor along Tondorf Road that features a new academic building, student life space, new residential space, and a pedestrian-friendly boulevard.

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