Current Construction Projects

Stay current on construction progress and impacts

Georgetown University is investing in new spaces to make progress toward developing a more vibrant living and learning campus. This page includes information about current construction projects, including project status, campus impacts, and timelines. Current construction projects include (see more information below):

  • MedStar Surgical Pavilion
  • Cooper Field
  • Yates Field House and Kehoe Field
  • Copley Crypt and St. William Chapel
  • Muslim Prayer Room

PROJECT UPDATE (10/17/2018)

In our continuing effort to support and enhance university infrastructure with the construction of the new MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Medical/Surgical Pavilion, the traffic pattern through the Lombardi circle will be revised to consist of a single lane beginning Thursday, October 18 through Wednesday, November 7.

Pedestrian access in and out of the Lombardi entrance will remain open on weekdays during this time, but will be available only for emergency egress during the weekends of October 20th and 27th. Access along the path by the koi pond will be restored for pedestrians on October 19.

Signage will be in place to direct vehicles, and flaggers will also be present to manage vehicular traffic through Lombardi Circle. Those who park in the Leavey Garage are encouraged to plan for extra time. The GUTS mini-shuttle will still pick up and drop off at its usual location.

Beginning Monday, October 22,  construction is expected to begin on the first phase of work in Darnall plaza. Activities will include the removal of the large concrete planters and benches, followed by drilling for steel column installation. The pedestrian path will be configured as shown on the map below. Per the Construction Management Plan with Medstar, work hours begin at 7 a.m. and end at 7 p.m., with any loud work beginning no earlier than 8 a.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. on Saturdays

In the near future, the pedestrian walkway and west entrance adjacent to the hospital-facing side of St. Mary’s Hall, leading to Epicurean and Darnall Hall, is expected to close. The start date of this closure for utility trenching has not been set, but we will alert you of the timeline and alternate pathways when details are finalized.

As with all construction projects, the schedule may be affected by inclement weather or other factors.

We encourage everyone to use caution and utilize the indicated pathways to ensure safety around these areas.

Darnell Projects Construction Map


 

UPDATES ON COPLEY LAWN CONSTRUCTION IMPACTS (10/2/2018)

Fencing has been installed on a large portion of Copley Lawn to address long-term drainage issues exacerbated by excessive rainfall from the past several months. Please refer to this map of the project’s boundaries. Pedestrian access along the route from the Front Gates to White Gravenor and Red Square is not impacted.

The drainage repair project will last approximately four weeks, with conclusion anticipated by October 26. As with all similar construction projects, the schedule may be affected by inclement weather.

Progress also continues on the renovation/restoration of Copley Crypt and St. William Chapel. As a result of this project, the road behind Copley Hall is now closed from the north side of the Davis Center to the ICC. To travel north and south in this area, all pedestrians must navigate to the east of Copley. This route is anticipated to remain closed until April 1, 2019.

We encourage everyone to use caution and utilize the marked crosswalks to ensure safety around these areas. 


PROJECT UPDATE (9/26/2018)

We write to inform you about several construction projects happening on the Hilltop so you can prepare for the year ahead. We are working closely with our campus partners, the community and our clinical partner MedStar Georgetown University Hospital to sequence a number of critical projects so we can minimize temporary disruptions while we work together to make strategic enhancements that benefit us all in the future.

MedStar Georgetown Hospital Medical/Surgical Pavilion

In early 2018, construction activities began for the new MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Medical/Surgical Pavilion. This project is critical to supporting MedStar Health in fulfilling its nonprofit mission and to providing world-class care to its patients and to supporting the university’s educational mission and commitment to the citizens of Washington, D.C.  

Medstar Georgetown Hospital Arial Rendering

In addition to the new pavilion, the project includes an underground parking garage, added green space, and improved traffic patterns that will result in a more pedestrian friendly campus. Through early 2019, to accommodate construction activity, incoming and outgoing traffic will continue to share the same roadway between Entrance 1 and the Leavey Parking Garage. In order to connect the Leavey Center and West Road to Reservoir Road/Entrance 4, we will build a new East-West Road. Tentatively scheduled to begin in early 2019, the new East-West Road is expected to open in fall 2019. Lot G parkers impacted by the East-West Road construction will be notified in the coming weeks about new parking assignments. Through the fall of 2018, the Wisconsin Avenue GUTS buses will continue to pick up and drop off in their relocated position on the northside of St. Mary's Hall, indicated as Stop 1 in this shuttle map.

Based on the current Medical/Surgical Pavilion construction schedule, in early 2019 Entrance 1 on Reservoir Road will temporarily close to passenger vehicles. Until the East-West Road is completed, faculty and staff who currently use Entrance 1 may exit campus to Reservoir Road through Entrance 0 (located on the eastern edge of campus, as shown on the map above) for four hours during the afternoon/evening commute hours; otherwise, vehicles will enter and exit campus via Canal Road. If entering campus via Canal Road would significantly impact a university faculty or staff member’s morning commute, they will have an opportunity in the coming months to request temporary authorization to enter campus through the Prospect Street Entrance between 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. You can view a map that illustrates the temporary changes to campus access and circulation during this time period here.

The University is working closely with MedStar and the community to sequence these projects so disruptions to campus and the community are minimized. We will be reaching out to those most likely to be impacted by these temporary changes in the coming weeks and will continue to monitor traffic patterns around campus to mitigate impacts as much as possible.

Cooper Field

Excavation work is underway for the Cooper Field project. The renovated field will include new bleachers and a permanent structure featuring game-day locker rooms, concessions, restrooms and a press box. This project will also feature landscape improvements in front of Hariri, Regents and along Tondorf Road. Pedestrian detours along West Road and in front of Regents Hall will be in place through the duration of the construction, and lighting on the field will be temporarily diminished. The project is expected to be completed by the end of summer 2019.

Yates Field House

Later this year, renovations will begin on the roof of Yates Field House and Kehoe Field. The project is expected to begin this winter and slated for completion by August 2019. In addition to improving the infrastructure and water drainage, the new roof will also restore recreational space for the campus community.

Copley Crypt and St. William Chapel

Work has also begun on the renovation/restoration of Copley Crypt and St. William Chapel. The scope of work for this phase is primarily exterior upgrades, including window restoration, new roofing, reconfiguration of mobility ramps and landscaping. Per campus protocols, workers will be onsite weekdays beginning at 8 a.m., with any loud work beginning no earlier than 9 a.m. During the current phase, the road behind Copley will be temporarily closed from the north side of the Davis Center to the ICC. Starting this week, pedestrians must navigate to the east of Copley to travel north and south in this area until the end of the exterior construction, anticipated to last until April 1. Phase 2, which entails interior construction, will follow once Phase 1 is complete.

Muslim Prayer Room

On October 1, we will begin transforming the former Alumni Lounge on the second floor of Village C West into a new Muslim Prayer Room. The work is limited to interior renovations of the space and modifications to the adjacent restrooms. Construction activities will be scheduled for weekdays from 9 a.m to 7 p.m. and will continue through February 2019. All building entrances will remain open and accessible during the duration of the project.

Ongoing Engagement

In cooperation with university and local community members, we are committed to minimizing noise and maintaining a safe environment around the construction sites. We encourage everyone to use caution around these areas and to utilize the marked crosswalks. As with all similar construction projects, schedules are contingent upon the receipt of required permits and may be affected by weather.

Upon completion, each of these projects will enhance campus life with improved resources, more green and outdoor spaces and less traffic congestion. We are grateful to university members, including staff and faculty, past and current student leaders, MedStar, alumni donors and local community members who have worked hard to make these projects possible. 


PROJECT UPDATE (7/5/2018)

There has been significant progress in construction activity for the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Medical/Surgical Pavilion.

Demolition of the Kober-Cogan building and removal of the site’s debris have been completed. To accommodate the continued construction activity, the traffic pattern for vehicles departing from the Leavey Parking Garage to the Entrance 1 exit will change. Beginning Monday, July 9 through Sunday, August 5, all vehicles departing from the Leavey Parking Garage to the Entrance 1 exit will:

  • Travel straight and turn right on the roadway between the now demolished Kober-Cogan building and the rest of the construction site.
  • Vehicles will then turn left and travel in front of Darnall Hall and Epicurean toward Entrance 1.

Please see the attached map, which outlines the traffic changes.

Depending on construction activity, vehicles entering via Entrance 1 may be directed to travel on different sides of the roadway toward the Leavey Parking Garage. This change will not impact the Wisconsin Avenue GUTS shuttles currently located by St. Mary’s Hall. As always, please use caution while driving and walking around the construction site. Flaggers will be in place during the first few days of the change to direct traffic and ensure pedestrian safety.

These changes will remain in effect through Sunday, August 5. On Monday, August 6 the traffic pattern will return to its current state, with incoming and outgoing traffic sharing the same roadway between Entrance 1 and the Leavey Parking Garage.

As with all similar construction projects, the schedule of construction work and related changes may be affected by inclement weather and other unforeseen circumstances. If any changes are made to the schedule mentioned above, we will send an updated announcement.


PROJECT UPDATE (3/26/2018)

As construction continues on the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Medical/Surgical Pavilion, which would enhance north campus with new green space and state-of-the-art facilities, you will notice significant changes to pedestrian and vehicle traffic patterns. Beginning Tuesday, March 27, traffic pattern changes in areas surrounding the site will accommodate demolition of the Kober-Cogan building and underground utility work necessary for the pavilion’s construction.

Please see the attached map, which outlines the road closures and new two-way traffic flow between Entrance 1 and the Leavey garage.

  • The road and pedestrian walkway between the Kober-Cogan and the Leavey Center buildings will be closed indefinitely.
  • The roadway directly in front of Darnall Hall, St. Mary’s Hall and Epicurean will be closed indefinitely.
  • The road leading from Entrance 1 off Reservoir Road to the Leavey garage will be widened to allow for two-way traffic. Vehicles will be able to enter the hospital campus via Entrance 1 and travel straight to the Leavey garage (as well as continue west under Pasquerilla to the Lombardi entrance and West Road). Vehicles will use the same road to exit the garage and proceed straight to the Entrance 1 exit lane.

Please note how these road closures will impact pedestrian traffic:

  • Pedestrians will no longer be able to walk between Kober-Cogan and the Leavey garage. The entire roadway and the sidewalks adjacent to the Leavey garage will be closed.
  • Pedestrians must use the marked crosswalk on the north end (closest to Reservoir Road side) or through the Leavey Center. Both routes are handicap accessible. Pedestrian access will be maintained on the sidewalk in front of Darnall Hall and Epicurean. Pedestrians should not attempt to walk through the Leavey garage to avoid the road closures.

The Wisconsin Avenue shuttles will continue to pick-up and drop-off in their relocated position on the northside of St. Mary's Hall, indicated as Stop 1 in this shuttle map. Barring traffic, this relocation does not affect the shuttle pick-up times.  

Signage and traffic control personnel will be in place to direct vehicles and pedestrians. We encourage everyone to use caution and utilize the marked crosswalks to ensure safety in the construction area.

We thank you for your patience and understanding during all construction activities.


PROJECT UPDATE (3/13/2018)

As previously communicated, the first stage of construction of the new MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Medical/Surgical Pavilion involves the abatement and demolition of the Kober-Cogan Building. MedStar is in the process of obtaining permits from the District of Columbia. Contingent on permit status, demolition could begin as early as Thursday, March 15.

The demolition process will take approximately two months to complete. All work will be monitored by a full-time, third-party certified industrial hygiene technician for compliance with all applicable safety regulations and protocols. In cooperation with the University and neighbors, MedStar is committed to minimizing noise and maintaining a safe environment around the construction site.

Noise Control
In compliance with the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, construction activities will only occur between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.,Monday through Saturday. MedStar will also maintain compliance with the District of Columbia Noise Control Act. Defined quiet periods will be observed from 7 – 8 a.m., Monday through Friday, and from 7 – 9 a.m. on Saturdays. During these quiet periods the following practices will be observed:

  • Use of flaggers instead of back-up beepers for on-site trucks
  • No tailgate slamming on dump trucks
  • No hammer-drilling
  • No core-drilling
  • No power-actuated fasteners
  • No sawing

Site Safety and Air Quality
Safety in and around the construction site is top priority. To demolish Kober-Cogan safely, a high-reach excavator will be used to take the building apart in small pieces. As the work is done, the building will be sprayed with water to minimize and contain dust and debris. Large drapes will also be used to cover areas of the building and minimize resulting dust.

We encourage all staff, students and visitors to use caution around this construction area. Please utilize the marked crosswalks to ensure your safety. Safety guards are positioned at the primary crosswalks near the construction site to allow pedestrians to cross through the area. Pedestrians are encouraged to use the marked crosswalk on the north end (Reservoir Road side) between the Hospital and Epicurean/Darnall Hall or through the Leavey Center via the Hotel Conference Center entrance.

Questions or concerns about the construction can be sent to medstarhospitaltrammellcrow@gmail.com. You can also sign up for project updates on MedStar’s construction website, buildingmedicalexcellence.com.

We thank you for your patience and understanding during all construction activities.

SAFETY DURING CONSTRUCTION

Safety is our number one priority during construction. We ask for your heightened awareness as you travel around campus and to adhere to the following safety precautions:

  • Exercise caution when walking, biking, or driving in the vicinity of construction sites
  • Obey construction signs and construction personnel providing direction through the work zones
  • Utilize sidewalks, stay within enclosed walking areas, and follow pavement markings
  • Report any unsafe conditions or emergencies to the Georgetown University Police Department at 687-4343

REPORTING CONSTRUCTION IMPACTS

Construction projects will have impacts on campus, including changing pedestrian, bike, and vehicle routes and creating additional activity on campus. We are committed to maintaining a safe and accessible campus for our entire community during construction.

Please report any concerns or questions about construction impacts to facilities@georgetown.edu. Planning and Facilities Management will notify the appropriate project manager to resolve the issue directly or work with construction contractors to do so. 

CONSTRUCTION MAP

Below is a map showing MedStar pavilion construction zones, project updates, and anticipated impacts beginning on or around February 2019. Specific information about other campus construction projects are below.  

Construction Map - Master Planning

MEDSTAR GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL'S MEDICAL/SuRgical pavilion

Project Scope:

Cooper Field construction began in January 2018. This project will replace the current bleachers with a permanent structure to include game-day locker rooms, concessions, restrooms and a press box, as well as landscape improvements.

Timeline: Construction began January 2018

COOPER FIELD

Project Scope: Cooper Field construction begins in January 2018. This project will replace the current bleachers with a permanent structure to include game-day locker rooms, concessions, restrooms and a press box, as well as landscape improvements.

Timeline: Construction begins January 2018


Yates and Kehoe Field

Project Scope: Renovations will begin on the roof of Yates Field House and Kehoe Field later this year. The project is expected to begin this winter and slated for completion by August 2019. In addition to improving the infrastructure and water drainage, the new roof will also restore recreational space for the campus community.

Timeline: Construction begins Winter 2019

COPLEY CRYpt and St. William Chapel

Project Scope: Work has also begun on the renovation/restoration of Copley Crypt and St. William Chapel. The scope of work for this phase is primarily exterior upgrades, including window restoration, new roofing, reconfiguration of mobility ramps and landscaping. Per campus protocols, workers will be onsite weekdays beginning at 8 a.m., with any loud work beginning no earlier than 9 a.m. During the current phase, the road behind Copley will be temporarily closed from the north side of the Davis Center to the ICC, anticipated to last until April 1. Phase 2, which entails interior construction, will follow once Phase 1 is complete.

Timeline: September 2018 to April 2019

muslim prayer Room

Project Scope: 

On October 1, we will begin transforming the former Alumni Lounge on the second floor of Village C West into a new Muslim Prayer Room. The work is limited to interior renovations of the space and modifications to the adjacent restrooms. Construction activities will be scheduled for weekdays from 9 a.m to 7 p.m. and will continue through February 2019. All building entrances will remain open and accessible during the duration of the project.

Timeline: October 2018 to February 2019