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Take the Georgetown University commuting survey

We have launched our annual Georgetown University commuting survey to gather information from faculty, staff, students, neighbors, and visitors about how they travel to and from campus. The survey is open until April 11 at www.GUCommuteSurvey.com

Data from the survey will help us better understand our community’s transportation needs and inform the master planning process. The survey asks respondents about their primary mode of travel,  GUTS routes they use,  public bus routes they take, arrival and departure times from work, and the length of their commute in minutes, among other things.

Cash prizes are available for survey participants, including one $100 drawing, three $250 drawings, and one $500 drawing. There will be two early drawings on April 2 and the final drawings will be after the survey closes.

Last year we launched MyCommute,  the first iteration of the annual commuting survey. More than 5,800 people completed the survey last year, or about 25% of the campus population, of which 3,638 were commuters. The 2013 survey will serve as the baseline for the University to enhance its transportation demand management (TDM) program.

The 2013 MyCommute survey report is available for download. The major findings from that survey were:

  • Over Sixty Percent (60%) of Georgetown commuters choose a mode of transportation other than private vehicle.
  • Ten Percent of commuters that live within 2 miles of campus take a private vehicle to campus and park.
  • Free bus service is the most important factor to commuters when deciding to use the Georgetown University Transportation Shuttle (GUTS).
  • The first alternative commute mode for commuters who currently drive to campus is public transportation followed by taking GUTS.

If you have any questions about this year’s survey, please contact the Office of Community Engagement at communityengagement@georgetown.edu.

Residential Living Presents Proposals for the Future of Housing

Georgetown is committed to creating a more residential, student-centered living and learning campus with at least 90% of students eventually living on campus. As we work toward this long term goal, Residential Living is setting a direction for a stronger and more dynamic residential community. We are seeking student feedback on ideas and proposals related to the five areas below. Specific proposals are in each section below and we invite you to share your feedback on these proposals. We will incorporate feedback into final recommendations in early April.

  1. Policies and their impact on the student living experience
  2. Opportunities to further integrate learning into the residential experience
  3. Priorities for renovating existing facilities and adding new amenities
  4. Explore housing policy changes including student housing guarantees or requirements
  5. Renovation of the former Jesuit Residence in 2015, temporary housing in current facilities in 2015, and the completion of the Northeast Triangle in 2016

1. Student Living Experience and Policies

  • Engage how Georgetown provides attractive opportunities for students to socialize while honoring student concerns related to noise, vandalism, safety, and trash
  • Establish meaningful programming for upperclass students
  • Continue to promote inclusive communities

Proposal: Explore the option of expanding the current “small gathering” policy. This policy currently stipulates that alcohol can be consumed by of-age students at the grills in Village A and Henle Village.

Proposal: Including community development funds in the current housing rates rather than Resident Assistants collecting money upon move-in. (approved for 2014)

2. Integrated Learning with the Residential Experience

  • GUSA’s Student Life report and Associate Provost Randy Bass have both identified Living and Learning Communities as a significant and positive high-impact student experience
  • Increase and enhance the Living and Learning Community program
  • Design additional opportunities for student and faculty engagement in the residential communities

Proposal: Explore opportunities to expand presence and role of Living and Learning Communities including First-Year student LLCs, retreats, and co-hosting events

Proposal:  Expand faculty integration with the student living experience

Proposal: Perform a space audit to repurpose space toward community development and academic engagement

Proposal: Create classes associated with Living and Learning Communities

Proposal:  Provide structure and resources to manage and administer LLCs through both Student Affairs and Academic Affairs

3. Renovations to Current Housing Facilities

  • A key part of Georgetown’s master planning process is taking a long-term look student housing, including new construction and renovations to existing housing
  • Renovate current facilities to offer attractive housing for upperclass students
  • Prototype renovation of Henle 83 shows possibilities for renovation that are financially feasible
  • On March 24th from 5:00-6:00 PM in the Leavey Program Room, we will host a student forum on renovations of Henle Village to further refine recommendations specific to Henle.

Proposal: Engage students to develop priority renovations and additional amenities for current residence halls

Proposal: Move offices out of residential lobbies creating areas for student engagement

4. Housing Policy Considerations
Maximizing residence hall capacity is an institutional priority.  To guide the decision-making, we are:

  • Evaluating the current selection, eligibility, and waitlist processes
  • Exploring potential housing policy changes, including student housing guarantees or requirements

Current housing data:

  • Georgetown housing includes 1,816 apartment beds and 3,237 residence hall beds totalling 5,053 beds on campus
  • All first-year and sophomore students are required to live on campus
  • Approximately ¾ of the Juniors and ¼ to ⅓ of Seniors live on campus
  • Students studying abroad fall semester are not guaranteed housing spring semester
  • Out of the 2182 rising Juniors and Seniors who applied for eligibility last year, 387 rising Seniors were placed on the waitlist
  • Over the past 10 years, all waitlisted students received a housing assignment

Future housing data:

  • Beginning Fall 2015, the University will add 385 beds, bringing total on-campus housing to 5,438 beds.
  • We are examining the merits of a series of options: junior year housing requirement, third-year housing guarantee, third-year housing requirement

Proposal: Solicit feedback from students on policy options to guide an institutional decision on housing guarantees or requirements.

Proposal: Enact policy and programming changes regardless of decision to institute a third-year housing guarantee or requirement.

5. Current and Future Residential Projects

Former Jesuit Residence (2015):

  • Renovations will begin this summer and will continue throughout academic year 2014-2015  for opening Fall 2015
  • 160 students will have the opportunity to reside in the former Jesuit Residence

Status Update: The first student forum on the former Jesuit Residence will be Wednesday, March 5th from 1-2:15 p.m. in the Leavey Program Room. Students and staff are meeting to discuss both renovations and programming for the former Jesuit Residence.

Temporary housing in current facilities (2015):

  • For one academic year (2015-2016), a portion of the Leavey Center hotel will be converted into student residential space and portions of current student facilities will be renovated to increase capacity

Status Update: Renovations have not yet begun. We will engage students on the progress and impact of these renovations.

Northeast Triangle (2016):

  • The Northeast Triangle is an 8-story residence hall, housing approximately 225  students – primarily sophomores – in suite style housing
  • The building will include new outdoor and green space; study space and active floor lounges; and an open first floor with flexible spaces to support student collaboration and social life.
  • Construction will begin in late spring or summer 2014

Status Update: The University is presenting the latest designs to the Old Georgetown Board on March 6. We will continue to work with the campus community on construction and design as the project progresses.

Future Residence Halls:

  • Additional residence halls will help fulfill the long term vision of a more residential campus
  • Possible sites include Kober-Cogan and Harbin patio

Status Update: No updates on other new residential buildings at this time. Planning 203, the next master planning forum, will be in April.

Get involved in the conversation
Student input is essential for developing a student-centered living and learning campus, and we invite all students to share their input and ideas by:

  • responding to this document via the feedback form
  • posting and commenting on the master planning website
  • participating in the student housing survey underway
  • attending one of the upcoming forums
  • connecting with student leaders including GUSA and InterHall
  • sending an email with your ideas to residentialliving@georgetown.edu

 

Planning for student housing will consider policies and new projects

As Georgetown works toward its goal of creating a more residential, student-centered living and learning community on the main campus, staff from Residential Living and Planning and Facilities Management will be working with the campus community to address the following key areas:

  1. Policies and their impact on the student living experience
  2. Opportunities to further integrate learning outside the classroom
  3. Priorities for renovating existing facilities, including new amenities
  4. Understanding housing information around selection, eligibility and wait list to measure effectiveness related to potential housing policy changes, including student housing guarantees and requirements
  5. Ongoing planning for the opening of the former Jesuit Residence in 2015, temporary housing in existing facilities in 2015, and the opening of the Northeast Triangle in 2016

As always, student input is essential for developing new residential and student space and we invite all students to share their input and ideas through the following ways:

University urges WMATA to build metro station in Georgetown

In a letter to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Board of Directors, Georgetown University voiced its support for a metro station in Georgetown as part of WMATA’s Momentum plan. The University urged WMATA to construct a new tunnel under the Potomac River and build a station in Georgetown immediately following the construction of a new station in Rosslyn.

A Georgetown metro station would have significant benefit for Georgetown faculty, staff, students, and visitors, and would better connect Georgetown with the rest of D.C. and the region.

Georgetown University joined the Georgetown BID, ANC2E, Citizens Association of Georgetown, and Georgetown Business Association in supporting a Georgetown metro station.

A metro station in Georgetown is a key part of the Georgetown BID’s “Georgetown 2028″ vision plan for the Georgetown neighborhood. The University played an active role in the Georgetown 2028 planning process. The plan also supports studying an extension of the streetcar to the University and studying the feasibility of an aerial gondola between Georgetown and Rosslyn.

New campus transportation project announced at Planning 201

On October 2, Vice President for Planning and Facilities Robin Morey hosted Planning 201, an open forum to provide information on Georgetown University’s master planning efforts. The full video of that session is available below and the presentation slides are available for download.

Morey announced a new transportation project to route all GUTS buses, except the Wisconsin Avenue shuttle, in and out of campus via the Canal Road entrance. The project arose from a commitment in the University’s 2010 Campus Plan to maximize use of the Canal Road entrance by Fall 2015.

Several transportation planning principles will guide the project, including a goal of making the campus more pedestrian friendly. To enter and exit through Canal Road, GUTS buses will need to turn around on campus. Morey presented three options for a campus bus loop, with a preferred option by the Lombardi Cancer Center. More information about this project and other transportation projects will be available online soon.

Planning 201 also provided updates on a number of ongoing master planning projects, including the University’s exploration of opportunities for growth off campus; undergraduate housing, including the Northeast Triangle residence hall; the opening of Georgetown Downtown; the Intercollegiate Athletics Center; the Healey Family Student Center; and the opening of the Calcagnini Contemplative Center in Bluemont, VA.

The next master planning open forum, Planning 202, will be November 19.

University requests change in use for Ryan Hall and Mulledy Hall

Ryan Hall

Georgetown University is exploring the possibility of renovating the old Jesuit Residence for student housing.

This week the Georgetown Community Partnership, including members of ANC 2E, the Citizens Association of Georgetown (CAG), the Burleith Citizens Association (BCA), the Foxhall Community Citizens Association (FCCA), and Georgetown University, filed a request with the District of Columbia Zoning Commission to change the designated use for Ryan Hall, Mulledy Building, and Gervase Building to include “residential/campus life/athletic” along with “academic/administrative.”

The University is considering the potential adaptive reuse of these buildings for student housing near the academic and spiritual core of campus. Ryan, Mulledy and Gervase served as the Jesuit Residence before Wolfington Hall opened in 2003. Gervase currently houses administrative offices while the Mulledy Building and Ryan Hall are vacant.

A change in use would give the University the flexibility to convert these buildings to student housing or use them for academic and administrative purposes. The three buildings could house up to 150 students. No decisions have been about converting the buildings but the request would make them a more viable option for reaching the University’s long term goal of making the main campus a more residential living and learning community.

 

 

Join us for open houses on student housing

We invite to all students to participate in ongoing discussions about student housing. University administrators will be available for open houses and forums over the coming weeks. We welcome any input about the best ways to engage students, and we encourage students to share with us ideas about what they want for the future of undergraduate living at Georgetown.

Our first open house will be today at Leo’s from 12:30-2:00pm. Come visit us and talk about student housing!

Opportunities to engage:

Tuesday, September 17th, 12:30-2:00pm
Leo’s

Thursday, September 19th, 8:30-10:00am
Kennedy Multipurpose Room
Breakfast provided

Friday, September 20th, 11:30-1:00pm
Leo’s

Monday, September 23rd, 6:00-7:30pm
Village A Community Room
Dinner provided

Wednesday, September 25th, 12:00-1:30pm
Leo’s

Opinion: A commitment to student engagement on master planning

On August 30, The Hoya wrote an editorial praising the transparent process around the Northeast Triangle residence hall and called for continued student engagement around master planning. We couldn’t agree more.

The University is engaged in a master planning process, a key goal of which is to re-develop the main campus as a welcoming living and learning campus. At the heart of this planning process is meaningful input from students. The planning process gives current students a very unique opportunity to help shape the future of the Hilltop.

Building an enhanced living and learning community means an opportunity to re-think student housing. As we explore options to build new student housing, re-imagine existing spaces, and provide off campus housing, we want and need to hear from students about the features that make student housing desirable.

A welcoming living and learning community is about more than just housing, so we are also seeking broad student input on a range of other master planning projects, including new transportation options on campus, new student social and study spaces, and enhanced outdoor space, including athletic fields and facilities.

We welcome GUSA’s recent campaign around off campus housing options because it provides us another opportunity to hear from students about their views on an issue relevant to master planning.

We hope that you will appreciate that responsible long-term planning requires us to consider all available options, popular and unpopular, in order to make the best decisions. Let us be clear — we have made no decisions yet – this process is about transparently sharing information so that we can receive input and evaluate options. We hear and appreciate the opinions on the off campus housing issue, and we assure you that the University’s decision-making process will be meaningfully informed by what we hear from students.

We urge you, however, not to limit your input to what you don’t want. Tell us what you do want — tell us what your vision is for a vibrant living and learning campus on the Hilltop. Don’t miss this rare and important opportunity to shape the future of your campus.

We have been engaging students actively over the last many months, and even more opportunities will be available in the next days, weeks and months. There will be opportunities for every student to engage. Information about these opportunities is available at georgetown.edu/master-planning.

We believe that a successful planning process requires student input. Let us hear from you.

Todd Olson, Vice President for Student Affairs
Robin Morey, Vice President for Planning and Facilities Management
Lauralyn Lee, Associate Vice President for Community Engagement

Sasaki presents updated design for Northeast Triangle

Sasaki Associates presented updated designs for the Northeast Triangle residence hall at the second student forum on August 28. About 60 students attended the forum and saw changes to the design based on feedback from the July 17 forum. The architects reviewed the decision to select the site, changes to the building materials, new landscape features, and the layout of the interior spaces.

“You expressed a desire for a building that is both permanent and expresses duality of the function, both who we are at Georgetown in the past and where the University needs to be going in the future,” Ricardo Dumont, Principal at Sasaki Associates said about the revised designs.

The full video of the forum is available below:

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