Fields in the SEH promotion
With 80 percent growth in GW’s research funding during the past decade, a new building dedicated to science and engineering was a necessity.
Working with architecture firm Ballinger, GW envisioned a new building that would feature state-of-the-art facilities to further faculty members’ cutting-edge experiments. Research areas were designed to concentrate scientists and engineers with overlapping interests into “research neighborhoods” to encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration. The building would also include integrated core facilities, modern equipment and collaborative workspaces while capitalizing upon its prime location to serve as an easily accessible hub for visitors, students, leading scientific experts and research partners from other institutions.
After four years of construction, this eight-story, 500,000-square foot facility ultimately comprised of 14 floors: eight floors above grade and six floors below.
This massive undertaking required elaborate planning and delicate maneuvering by engineers, architects and construction crews. The imaging suite and nanofabrication lab, for instance, are engineered to dampen vibrations from the Metro. Instruments that use electrons for imaging and etching nanoscale devices are specially shielded from the magnetic fields produced by the subway’s high-voltage rails.
Throughout fall 2014, specialty lab spaces, interior finishes and laboratory casework neared completion. On November 21, SEH received its Certificate of Occupancy. Faculty and staff began moving into the building in December 2014, a month earlier than University officials had initially expected.