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GWU School of Media & Public Affairs, Washington, DC

Broadcast Auditorium
Broadcast Auditorium

George Washington University's new School of Media & Public Affairs was constructed using brick, precast, curtainwall and punched windows.  The six story building, including two stories of below-grade parking, was designed to be a classroom and media production facility.  The scope of the project consisted of a television studio, production facilities, auditoriums, and classrooms.  The structural design featured elaborate transfer girders that eliminated typical columns, thereby opening up the auditoriums to an unobstructed view.  The auditoriums also included interactive audio/visual systems.  Interior finishes included high-end millwork, terrazzo floors and an architectural staircase.  The interactive learning environment featured classrooms with internet connections at each seat.  Curved glass display cases were installed to hold antique media equipment that exhibited the evolution of the medium.  In addition, a new art gallery was constructed.

Project Specifications

Owner

The George Washington University

Architect

SmithGroup

Scope

140,000 SF New Construction

Contract

GMP

Schedule

18 Months

GWU School of Media & Public Affairs
GWU School of Media & Public Affairs