Campus Planning

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The George Washington University, founded in 1821 and rooted in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood since 1912, combines the resources of a major international research university with the unique dynamics of a vibrant, urban setting in the heart of the nation's capital. The university values the Foggy Bottom and West End neighborhoods of which it is a part - and recognizes that a thriving community is a key component of the GW experience for those who study, teach, research, and work here. Our campus planning efforts reflect this value and our development projects are product of that commitment. 

GW's Campus Plan Efforts

Strategic Campus and Facilities Master Plan

Throughout the spring 2020 semester and early summer, the George Washington University led a collaborative process to develop its first-ever Strategic Campus and Facilities Master Plan.  While COVID-19 has required that most of our GW community members stay home to ensure our safety and well-being during this challenging time, the future of our campuses remains a university priority and we will continue to work on this initiative virtually.

The Strategic Campus and Facilities Master Plan will achieve two main goals:

  • It will articulate the vision and guiding principles for GW’s physical development planning, including design, architecture, space use, landscape, transportation, walkways and facilities.  It will establish standards for a unified campus identity that creates a sense of place and belonging on GW campuses and captures the university’s values.
  • Importantly, the plan will complement, and not replace, the 2007 Foggy Bottom Campus Plan and the 2010 Mount Vernon Campus Plan.

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2007 Foggy Bottom Campus Plan

The 2007 Foggy Bottom Campus Plan provides a framework for development over the next twenty years, reflecting a long-term view of the campus in the context of its surrounding neighborhoods.

2010 Mount Vernon Campus Plan

The university commenced a dialogue in 2009 with the surrounding community to develop a plan for the Mount Vernon Campus that incorporates GW's strategic goals with the issues and concerns of its neighbors.

Virginia Science & Technology Campus

The George Washington University Virginia Science and Technology Campus (the “VSTC”) is located at University Center in Ashburn, Virginia and was initially established in 1991.