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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.

Tour the Former Jesuit Residence this Spring

FJR Renovation 2

Planning and Facilities Management and the Office of Residential Living, along with Manhattan Construction, are offering tours of the Former Jesuit Residence this spring.

The Former Jesuit Residence is home to history and hidden treasures and this fall will open as the newest residence hall on campus.  Tours are an exciting opportunity to watch this historic building come back to life through the construction process and see the spectacular views onto the Potomac River and Dahlgren Quad.

Tours will be offered Wednesday and Friday afternoons at 4:00 p.m. and will last approximately one hour. Tour groups will meet in Dahlgren Quad. Please expect to walk stairs as there is not currently a working elevator in the building. Participants are welcome to take pictures during the tour.

For safety reasons, all participants must wear long pants (no shorts, skirts, or dresses) and close-toed, hard-sole shoes (sneakers do not meet the requirement).  Those that do not meet these important safety precautions will be turned away. You will be given a hard hat to wear while on the premise.

Students can sign up for a tour on HoyaLink by finding the date of the tour on the calendar. Faculty and staff interested in a tour can email Stephanie Lynch, Assistant Dean for Residential Living, at

Tour dates for January and February follow. Dates for March and April will be announced later this spring.

Wednesday, January 14
Friday, January 16
Wednesday, January 21
Friday, January 23
Wednesday, January 28
Friday, January 30

Wednesday, February 4
Wednesday, February 11
Friday, February 13
Wednesday, February 18
Friday, February 20
Wednesday, February 25
Friday, February 27

Planned utility outages will occur December 20-23

Planning and Facilities Management has planned a series of temporary utility outages between December 20th and 23rd to support construction of the Northeast Triangle. The outages will last each day from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. All outages have been coordinated with occupants of the affected buildings and will occur during the winter break to minimize inconvenience.

The first phase of the Northeast Triangle construction is the relocation of utility lines that are currently under the site. Construction crews are installing new utility lines for chilled water, steam, electric, and telecommunications. Once the new utilities are hooked up, the old utilities can be removed and excavation of the foundation for the new residence hall can begin.

The utility outages will be as follows:

Henle Village
Domestic water – Saturday, December 20th
Chilled water – Monday, December 22nd
Electric – Tuesday, December 23rd

Reiss Science Building
Electric – Saturday, December 20th
Chilled water – Monday, December 22nd
Electric – Monday, December 22nd

Chilled water – Monday, December 22nd

Chilled water – Monday, December 22nd

Copley Hall
Chilled water – Monday, December 22nd

Healy Hall
Chilled water – Monday, December 22nd

Village A
Chilled water – Monday, December 22nd

Utility Outages December 2014
December utility outage map. Click to enlarge.

Read feedback from Planning 301

Planning 301 open house

During the Planning 301 open house last month, attendees shared ideas and comments about a series of topics on master planning. White papers were on the wall around the room for people to write down their comments. The topics included:

  • Academic Space
  • Housing
  • Student Activities
  • Recreation
  • Athletics
  • Performance
  • Transportation
  • Dining
  • Sustainability
  • Green Space
  • Other

Over 50 people attended the open house and shared their ideas. You can read those comments here, which have been consolidated where appropriate. Many of these ideas are already being incorporated into the planning process. As the master planning progresses, we will continue to engage faculty, staff, students, and other stakeholders. Stay tuned for another planning session during the spring semester and other opportunities to participate in the planning process.

Academic Space:

  • Increase student study space on campus, specifically in the Leavey Center, Old North, New North, and ICC
  • Encourage use of underutilized space for student activities office space (e.g. SAC, GUSA, Campus Orgs.) in Reiss and the Leavey Center
  • Encourage use of lockers outside GUSA office or remove them to create more lounge space
  • Enhance space outside the Leavey Center elevators and the Leavey Esplanade to encourage use (e.g. tables, booths)
  • Create non-traditional student/commuter student spaces
  • Create more graduate student spaces
  • Increase programming space for student organizations
  • Enhance the Lauinger experience
  • Create interview rooms with enhanced technologies for students, potentially at Career Center
  • Encourage the creation of a new admissions center building with an additional bookstore
  • Encourage the creation of an Engineering School

Housing and Utilities:

  • Decrease the number of RHOs in order to increase lounge space
  • Offer options for graduate housing and increase single housing options
  • Improve campus accessibility and campus elevators (e.g. Village A elevator from Prospect St.)
  • Augment lighting in and outside housing apartments for increased safety
  • Improve lighting in the ICC Galleria
  • Provide live near your work benefits for staff

Student Life: Recreation, Athletics, and Performance:

  • Create an athletic facility for non-varsity athletics (e.g. boxing, triathlon)
  • Release design and accelerate implementation of Multisport Field upgrades
  • Return the tennis courts
  • Improve accessibility to varsity athletics games, including possible on-campus location
  • Fix Yates roof
  • Create spaces for non-performance arts groups (e.g. visual arts)
  • Increase availability of portable dance bars for on-campus use
  • Provide alternate performance space for dance and theatre groups, especially with loss of Walsh Black Box an art gallery


  • Provide secure and covered bike racks, preferably inverted U shape
  • Provide bike clinic and maintenance
  • Implement bike lanes and work with WABA
  • Maintain use of Prospect Street for university shuttles
  • Discontinue underutilized shuttle routes and stops (e.g. Marriott Stop)
  • Fewer overhangs in McDonough bus turnaround for more efficient allocation of resources
  • Extend the SafeRides route
  • Improve transportation mobile application
  • Re-examine GOCard integration with the next generation of SmarTrip technology
  • Create gondola from Car Barn to Rosslyn
  • Introduce a Georgetown Metro station
  • Increase frequency of G2
  • Connect Georgetown University to Palisades bike trail

Dining Experience:

  • Provide a north campus dining option
  • Implement plan to eliminate food waste (e.g. composting, donations)
  • Work toward Green certification for Leo’s
  • Consider a rooftop garden and providing outdoor seating for Leo’s
  • Implement a pay-per-item dining system using ‘debit dollars’
  • Increase dietary options at ‘Grab and Go’ locations (e.g. provide coffee)

Sustainability and Green Space:

  • Implement motion sensors for classrooms, public and resident hall restrooms, offices, etc.
  • Campus-wide interior and exterior delamping
  • Install solar panels on Leo’s and upgrade ICC solar panels
  • Increase trash and recycling bins across campus
  • Locally sourced-food and community place making through community gardens, beehive, farm to fork food, possibly in partnership with The Corp
  • Expand greenery on campus (e.g. grass, drought-proof plants)
  • Make better use of space to encourage green practices (e.g. LXR courtyard and the space between Regents and Harbin)
  • Eliminate surface parking lots
  • Green Lot A and Lot 8


  • Utilize Smartcards as GOCards or move toward a mobile GOCard
  • Create Dashboard for one electronic login to email, GMS, Hoyalink, Blackboard, improve the redundancy of network infrastructure
  • Increase security cameras around campus to improve safety
  • Use GOCard readers in residence hall entrances/elevators/ main stairwells to eliminate student guard positions and allocate resources toward other technologies
  • Create a comprehensive and centralized campus calendar

Planning 301 white paper feedback

Watch time lapse videos of the Healey Family Student Center construction

During the construction of the Healey Family Student Center construction cameras inside and outside the building captured the construction process live. Now that the student center is open, you can watch the space come to life in a time lapse movie.

Click the links below to watch the interior and exterior construction. The videos will begin playing automatically.

HFSC Interior Construction Time Lapse

HFSC Exterior Construction Time Lapse


View the December construction map

Construction will continue through December and Winter Break, including study days and final exams, but will minimize any disruptions to studying or exams. Planning and Facilities will monitor noise levels at construction sites to ensure noise is not disruptive. There will also be some utility outages later in December as crews hook up new utilities as part of the Northeast Triangle project. The outages will occur during Winter Break and will be coordinated with building occupants.

Below is the December construction map. Click here to enlarge the map and to download it as a PDF.

Please report any unsafe conditions to GUPD at (202) 687-4343 and share any questions or concerns about construction at

Construction Logistics - Dec 2014

Northeast Triangle

There are currently utility lines underneath the site foundation, and crews are relocating utilities before major excavation of the foundation. As a result, there will be some planned utility outages during Winter Break as new utilities become active and old utilities deactivated. Planning and Facilities Management will coordinate utility outages with building occupants to minimize any disruptions. Major excavation is expected to begin in January 2015.

Former Jesuit Residence

Window restoration will begin on the Dahlgren Quad side of the building, which will require some scaffolding close the building. The scaffolding should not impede access through Dahlgren Quad.

Structural underpinning work continues on the Library Walk courtyard, which will require excavation and concrete trucks to access the site along Library Walk.

Thompson Athletic Center

Construction work has begun on the Thompson Athletic Center, and crews are relocating utilities under the roadway to allow for excavation of the foundation. Once the utility work is complete, the road will return to its original configuration.

Healey Family Student Center

The Healey Family Student Center opened in September, but work continues along Prospect Street to complete the loading dock for the center. A new access control gate will also be installed as part of the loading dock.

Sand Volleyball Court

Construction equipment is onsite at the sand volleyball court in the Southwest Quad. Crews are leveling the site in preparation for installation of the court, which is expected to be complete at the end of December.

Chiller 9

The chiller has been delivered to the Utility Plant and work continues to install the chiller.

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