Core Lab Facilities


Science and Engineering Hall (SEH) epitomizes GW’s investment in research infrastructure and facilities that enable innovative research and teaching. With these new facilities at their disposal, GW researchers are poised to expand the depth and breadth of human knowledge. Utilizing the building’s four specialized labs, faculty members now possess the capabilities to conduct research on the Foggy Bottom campus on everything from large aerospace structures to the next generation of nanotechnology.


Ben Vinson III

"Within these walls—where chemists, biologists and anthropologists interact regularly with mechanical and civil engineers—the possibilities for new discovery are boundless."

Ben Vinson III

Dean, Columbian College of Arts & Sciences

Core Lab Facilities are Designed for Discovery

SEH High Bay

High Bay

This expansive, three-story lab features a reinforced “strong wall” and a “strong floor” to test the strength of enormous objects, like bridge beams. The lab includes a 20-ton crane, a dedicated loading bay and a machine shop.

SEH Nanofabrication Clean Room

Class 100 Nanofabrication Clean Room

In the cleanest parts of the lab, each cubic foot of air will have no more than 100 particles larger than 0.5 microns—roughly one-tenth the width of a red blood cell—facilitating the creation of devices that measure mere billionths of a meter.

SEH Microscopy

Microscopy Suite

Five rooms—specially built to dampen vibrations from the nearby Metro—house high-resolution microscopy equipment, allowing researchers to study nanometer-sized samples in ultra-fine detail and create 3-D reconstructions of specimens.

Louis H. Katz

"A building of this size and its cutting-edge facilities epitomize GW’s growing research enterprise. Science and Engineering Hall is a major milestone in our efforts to expand research at GW."

Louis H. Katz

Executive Vice President and Treasurer

David S. Dolling

“Designed to be the hub in a hub-and-spokes model of research partnerships that stretch far beyond campus, Science and Engineering Hall will help accelerate discoveries that also stretch far beyond campus to benefit all of us in remarkable ways.”

David S. Dolling

Dean, School of Engineering & Applied Science

What's in SEH

Science and engineering hall rendering

high bay

This expansive, three-story lab, with a glass wall facing 23rd street to invite onlookers, allows engineers to work on outsized projects that will help build safer, more earthquake-resistant bridges and buildings.

teaching tower

Among the many teaching spaces in SEH, these 1,000-square-foot teaching labs are stacked at the center of the building from the third floor to the eighth floor. Enclosed by glass on three sides, they include labs for software engineering, circuitry and robotics.


Located on the roof of the building, the greenhouse is scheduled to open in 2016 and will be climate controlled to keep the space hospitable for several diverse species of plants and small herbivores during the high summer heat.