Community Outreach

Mount Vernon Campus Quad

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. Based on this feedback, GW found the following issues to be at the core of the planning process: 

  • Future campus development and reallocation of currently proposed building uses;
  • Balance of residential and academic space to enhance the living and learning community;
  • Sustainable practices such as green building, storm water management, campus landscaping, open spaces;
  • Improvements to public amenities and pedestrian pathways.

These principles guided the community-based planning process (detailed below) and resulted in a draft proposal that includes:

  • Same amount of new development on campus as was approved in the existing campus plan
  • Locating the majority of new development focused away from the residential neighborhoods
  • Closing the W Street entrance except to emergency vehicles, removing the parking lot and landscaping that area
  • Campus perimeter to benefit from relocated fencing to limit visual impact and new plantings, specifically along Foxhall Road
  • No lighting of the soccer field
  • Enhanced controls on tennis court lighting to minimize lighting when courts not in use
  • Construction of 10’ wall on northern side of soccer field to assist in noise mitigation
  • Mitigation of noise from mechanical units along Foxhall Road
  • Increase in base student enrollment of the equivalent of 15% on a headcount basis and 10% on an FTE basis, on any given day
  • Continued use of the Vern Express shuttle to transport students, faculty and staff between the Mount Vernon and Foggy Bottom campuses
  • Physical enhancements to the Whitehaven entrance to the campus and surrounding streetscape
  • GW commitment to achieve equivalent of certification under LEED NC for all new projects
  • Comprehensive stormwater management system to be implemented with new campus developments

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