As part of an effort to resolve decades of tension with its neighbors and to address legal requirements imposed by the Zoning Commission, Georgetown University embarked on the creation of a holistic campus framework plan. The immediate challenge was to resolve how the university could best address its goal to house 90% of all undergraduates on an active 24/7 campus. With our friends at Forest City Washington, we explored multiple scenarios from a student life, financial, and design perspective, and helped the university move quickly into construction on a new residence hall. Secondly, we addressed the needs of the university's clinical partner, MedStar, by proposing innovative solutions that resolved the problems posed by tight urban condition and immediately addressed needs while minimizing enabling projects. We then focused on the campus’ potential for academic expansion, the creation of an open space framework that extends the wonderful character of the historic quad, transportation, athletics and recreation, energy and infrastructure, the creation of a new capital planning framework that emphasizes reinvestment in existing facilities while also identifying high-value growth opportunities, and the expansion potential of the university's downtown campus. Extensive stakeholder, regulatory, and neighborhood communication and engagement were critical. After completing the framework, we helped the university successfully guide the plan to adoption through the D.C. regulatory process. We now continue to collaborate with Georgetown on numerous follow-on planning and design studies, including an academic master plan and the repositioning of the downtown campus.
DumontJanks team members led the development of portions of the above project while employed by Sasaki Associates, Inc. DumontJanks is not associated with Sasaki.