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.
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. The plan provides the predictability of identified sites, uses, and densities, along with the requisite level of flexibility necessary for such a long-term planning horizon.
The first master plan for the Campus was developed in 1967 when it operated as Mount Vernon College. The plan was updated in 1986 and, after merging with GW in 1999, the university and its neighbors adopted a new campus plan. Since then, the plan has been periodically updated to meet the needs of its academic mission, as well as serve as a resource for the surrounding community. The current plan includes expansion of residential, academic and athletic facilities as well as measures to mitigate light, noise and parking impacts.
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 with a gift of 50 acres from Robert H. Smith. Since that time the VSTC has grown to more than 120 acres and from one building to four, with additional office space in a multi-use condominium building within University Center and a fifth building where construction began in late 2012.
Recently, GW has directed considerable resources and effort into enhancing many of the areas that define the university’s campuses, driven by a belief that GW’s spaces are essential elements of a community-oriented culture.
GW is now planning its longer-term vision for how to best leverage the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses to support future aspirations.