950 New Hampshire Avenue
The building at 950 New Hampshire Avenue, NW is the primary building for Milken Institute SPH. Opened in the spring of 2014, it will be available at full capacity for classes and events in the summer of 2014. The new building provides a variety of spaces for use by the students, faculty and staff of Milken Institute SPH.
The building is a hub for faculty, students and staff to exchange ideas and foster dialogue around key public health issues. The ground floor includes a 227 seat auditorium as well as a separate "Convening Center" that allows the school to host a variety of conferences and academic events. Additional meeting space throughout the building provide excellent options for events that bridge academic study with the practice of public health.
The building contains the majority of offices for faculty, and all faculty offices have standing desks to promote a healthier workplace. Each desk is easily adjusted in seconds to either standing or sitting positions, creating a dynamic workplace that can be changed throughout the day. All staff also have the option of electing to use a standing desk model, allowing everyone working in the new building to enjoy the health benefits of standing.
The terrace level of the building houses six laboratory/teaching spaces for the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. These labs allow researchers to continue their research on human motion and physiology in a space specifically designed for their fields of study. Integrating the lab and classroom spaces helps professors to fully integrate lab experience with courses and provide opportunities for students to participate in practical work related to their fields of study.
Fourteen classrooms and two lecture halls make this building a true center for academic activity. All academic spaces are outfitted with some of the most advanced audio-visual equipment at GW, and many spaces feature moveable furniture to create a flexible classroom where professors and students can customize the environment that best facilitates learning.
The university is targeting a platinum rating under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) for the building. Sustainable features planned for the building include a rain-water collection system, terracotta panels, an HVAC system with chilled beam and mass air displacement technologies, an enhanced storm water management system to reduce storm water runoff by more than 25%, a green floor, low-flow plumbing fixtures, energy-saving lighting controls, and numerous local, rapidly renewable, and recycled content materials.
The building’s approximate 115,000 square feet of gross floor area contain academic, administrative, and meeting uses as well as spaces for student meetings, study, and collaboration in seven above-grade and two below-grade stories. The building includes activity and breakout areas designed to accommodate both undergraduate and graduate students.