Construction of ‘Georgetown Downtown’ Begins, Future Home of SCS
December 11, 2012 – Construction of a new space that will house the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies (SCS) in downtown Washington, D.C., has officially begun. Crews began demolition work in September and are now rebuilding the more than 90,000-square-foot space, which will be transformed into a state-of-the-art learning environment.
“We are excited to welcome Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies to 650 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., where construction is well underway on the newly designed premises,” said Greg Meyer, senior vice president of the greater D.C. region at Brookfield Office Properties, which owns the building that will house SCS.
Building a 21st Century Learning Environment
The new Georgetown Downtown campus will feature an innovative design by STUDIOS Architecture. The firm has designed a space that will set a new standard for education in the 21st century by emphasizing collaborative learning environments and workspaces that feature integrated technology.
Crews are building 30 classrooms with wired desk units, 12 group study rooms with flat panel displays for computer hookup, a digital media lab and multiple lounge and meeting spaces. A library resource center, contemplative space, bookstore and café will complement these student- learning spaces. The campus will also feature a 130-person auditorium and office space for over 100 staff and administrators.
All classrooms will have integrated technology, including projector and audio equipment, voice reinforcement for instructors and assisted listening for the hearing impaired. Select classrooms will have cable TV and video conferencing setups. Wi-Fi and digital signage will be featured throughout the building.
Connection to Industry
The school’s new downtown location will engender deeper ties with the industries its programs are aligned with in a part of the city where many of its students work. SCS features a portfolio of Master of Professional Studies degree programs—such as real estate, technology management and public relations and corporate communications—that connect with industry and bring top experts into the classroom.
“Our new Metro-accessible location is going to be a tremendous asset to our students, most of whom work full-time and attend classes in the evening,” said Jimmy Lynn, assistant professor in the sports industry management graduate program. “For students in my program, we're going to gain opportunities to apply theoretical concepts learned in the classroom to the practice of sports management. We will be just a few blocks away from the Verizon Center, which is one of the premier sports venues in the country that houses three professional sports teams as well as the Georgetown Hoyas men’s basketball team.”
Engaging with the Community
The school’s future move to downtown Washington, D.C., is a further example of Georgetown's commitment to its city. SCS was founded in 1956 as the School of Summer and Continuing Education in order to bring a Georgetown education to underserved populations. Today, it continues to fulfill that original mission through targeted outreach to populations in need and by expanding its educational programs to address some of society’s most pressing needs.
SCS’s move provides an exciting opportunity for the university to more deeply engage in a rapidly developing part of the city, building on partnerships and relationships begun by its Law Center. In the months before the move, the university's new Office of Community Engagement will facilitate outreach to government, community and business leaders in the neighboring communities, with the goal of creating opportunities for partnership, service and collaboration.
“Georgetown's presence will be transformative for the building and will add to the growth and vitality of this part of the city,” said Meyer.
SCS is scheduled to move into the new downtown campus in late 2013.