Construction of an Expanded ‘Georgetown Downtown’ Begins
December 11, 2012 – Construction of a new space that will house Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies (SCS) in downtown Washington, D.C., has officially begun.
Crews began demolition work in September and are now rebuilding the space, which will be transformed into a more than 90,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art learning environment for more than 1,000 students in late 2013.
The move helps fulfill the university's mission of engagement and educational outreach to the surrounding community.
“This expansion of Georgetown Downtown is a defining moment for the university,” President John J. DeGioia said when the move was announced this past July. “Just as the construction of our Law Center did 30 years ago, this new home provides us with an opportunity to extend the impact of the university into new parts of the city and to broaden the reach of our work.”
Alignment with Industry
The school’s new downtown location – at the intersection of 7th St. and Massachusetts Ave. near the Gallery Place/Chinatown neighborhood – will also provide enhanced ties with the industries its programs are aligned with in a part of the city where many of its students work.
SCS features a variety of Master of Professional Studies degree programs, including real estate, technology management, journalism, sports industry management, and public relations and corporate communications, all of which bring top experts into the classroom.
Georgetown recently announced a new SCS executive master’s degree in emergency and disaster management that will begin in the fall of 2013.
“Our new Metro-accessible location is going to be a tremendous asset to our students, most of whom work full time and attend classes in the evening,” said Jimmy Lynn, assistant professor in the sports industry management program. “For students in my program, we're going to gain opportunities to apply theoretical concepts learned in the classroom to the practice of sports management.”
Lynn also notes that the new venue is just a few blocks away from the Verizon Center, one of the premier sports venues in the country.
The Verizon Center houses the Georgetown’s men’s basketball team and three professional sports teams.
The new Georgetown Downtown campus will feature an innovative design by STUDIOS Architecture. The firm has designed a space that emphasizes collaborative learning environments and workspace with integrated technology.
Crews are building 30 classrooms with wired desk units, 12 group study rooms with flat panel displays for computer hookup, a digital media lab and multiple lounge and meeting spaces.
Complementing the learning spaces will be a library resource center, contemplative space, a bookstore and café and a 130-person auditorium.
“We are excited to welcome Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies to 640 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., where construction is well underway on the newly designed premises,” said Greg Meyer, senior vice president of the greater D.C. region at Brookfield Office Properties, which owns the building that will house SCS.
SCS’s move provides an exciting opportunity for the university to more deeply engage in a rapidly developing part of the city, building on partnerships and relationships begun by its Law Center.
In the months before the move, the university's new Office of Community Engagement will facilitate outreach to government, community and business leaders in the neighboring communities, with the goal of creating opportunities for partnership, service and collaboration.
“Georgetown's presence will be transformative for the building and will add to the growth and vitality of this part of the city,” Meyer said.