George Washington University's plans for a new school of public health are moving forward. The District's Historic Preservation Review Board last week approved demolishing 2300 K Street on Washington Circle, better known as the Warwick Memorial Building, to make room for a seven-story structure that will take up the entire lot.
The new 115,000 s.f. building will stand 90 feet high and house the School of Public Health and Health Services, which has about 900 students. The University has long sought to place the school in one building, which is currently spread over seven properties amid the University and along K Street and the Golden Triangle, said GW spokeswoman Michelle Sherrard.
The 38-foot tall Warwick Memorial Building, built out of Indiana limestone in 1954 by Charles Tompkins, houses GW Hospital's oncology department and several other medical and administrative offices and includes a surface parking lot and a small park.
2300 K Street, also known as Square 39, sits astride Washington Circle, which saw the construction of the new George Washington University Hospital building in 2002 and Square 54, which became 2200 Pennsylvania Avenue in 2011.
In fact, the current entrance to the surface parking lot on New Hampshire Avenue will be eliminated. It will however include 15 bicycle storage spaces inside the building as well as 66 spaces on the exterior, with shower and changing facilities provided.
A green roof, along with streetscaping enhancements, such as concrete pavers, cobblestones and brick walks will also be included. Widening the sidewalks along Washington Circle, as well as a planting strip to discourage jaywalking, is also part of the design as well.
Sherrard said that staff and students will move out in spring and demolition will begin soon after. GW plans to have the new school completed no later than 2013 at a cost of $75 million, she said.
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