Square 39/Milken Institute School of Public Health

Completed Spring 2014

Square 39 is the site for the university’s new home for its Milken Institute School of Public Health. Square 39 is one of the 16 approved development sites in GW’s 2007 Foggy Bottom Campus Plan and is bounded by K Street NW, Washington Circle, New Hampshire Avenue NW, and 24th Street N.W. The triangular building faces Washington Circle and provides a new front door to the Foggy Bottom Campus. The Warwick Building, previously located on the site, was razed in preparation for the construction. Construction began in March of 2012 and continued through 2013, with occupancy occurring during the spring 2014 semester.


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Quick Facts

Gross Floor Area (GFA): 115,542sf
Floors Below Grade: 2
Floor Above Grade: 7
Max Height: 90ft
LEED Achieved: Platinum
Architects: Payette Associates/Ayers Saint Gross
Construction Manager: Whiting Turner


The university’s Milken Institute School of Public Health is committed to advancing the health of the populations of local, national, and global communities by developing tomorrow's leaders in public health and health services. Established in July 1997, Milken Institute SPH brought together three longstanding university programs in the schools of medicine, business, and education. Today, more than 900 students from nearly every U.S. state and more than 35 nations pursue undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral-level degrees in public health. The School’s student body is one of the most ethnically diverse among the nation's private schools of public health. Milken Institute School of Public Health also offers an array of joint degree programs, allowing students to couple a law degree with the Master of Public Health (MPH), or to combine an MPH with a medical degree or an MA in International Affairs. A joint MPH/Physician's Assistant program is available, as is the opportunity to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer while pursuing an MPH.

Milken Institute School of Public Health has never had a true “home” and its seven departments currently occupy space in various university buildings and several leased office locations in the nearby Golden Triangle/K Street business corridor. The Square 39 project is consolidating the school’s activities from its disparate locations and create a signature building and singular identity for the school.


Fact Sheet

Square 39 Milken Institute School of Public Health Fact Sheet (.pdf)

Milken Institute School of Public Health News

'Poseidon': George Washington University’s Link to Greece
October 03, 2014

Milken Institute School of Public Health Earns LEED Platinum Rating
July 08, 2014

Michael and Lori Milken Public Health Scholars Selected
May 16, 2014

GW Celebrates Opening of Milken Institute School of Public Health Building
May 16, 2014

Dean Emeritus Donates $500,000 to Milken Institute School of Public Health
April 08, 2014

‘A Pivotal Moment’ for Public Health at GW
March 19, 2014

University Receives Record-Breaking Gifts
March 11, 2014

Study Finds Dangerous Chemicals in Consumer Products
January 15, 2014

ACA Gives Legal Immigrants New Opportunities
December 18, 2013

E. Coli Infections Traced to Single Strain of Bacteria
December 17, 2013

Students Compete in Inaugural D.C. Public Health Case Challenge
November 20, 2013

Sparking a Dialogue on Youth Sports Safety
November 13, 2013

More Than $13 Million Awarded to University Researchers
September 25, 2013

Safety-Net Patients Receive Comparable Care
September 11, 2013

As Campus Growth Continues, GW Addresses Impacts
August 19, 2013

Understanding Mental Health, Mental Illness
May 13, 2013

SPHHS Building Topped Out
April 15, 2013

Lynn R. Goldman Elected to Institute of Medicine Governing Council
January 07, 2013

SPHHS Faculty Elected to Institute of Medicine
October 15, 2012

Controlled Blasting Planned for Site of SPHHS Building
September 12, 2012

New Ground for Public Health
March 04, 2012

The Changing Face of Health Care
November 16, 2011

GW Professor Creates Mobile-Based Smoking Cessation Program
October 26, 2011

HHS Unveils Million Hearts Initiative at GW
September 14, 2011

D.C. Zoning Commission Approves New Building for SPHHS
August 22, 2011

A New Era of Medical and Health Education at GW
June 20, 2011

The Future of Public Health at GW
June 20, 2011

E. Coli Epidemic
June 13, 2011

Supporting Community Health Centers
June 13, 2011