Square 55/Science & Engineering Hall

Square 55 is located between 22nd, 23rd, H and I Streets, N.W. and redevelopment of this site for academic purposes was approved by the DC Zoning Commission as part of GW's 2007 Foggy Bottom Campus Plan. The university completed construction of the state-of-the-art multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching and laboratory building in January 2015.


student reseting in research space in SEH

Quick Facts

Gross Floor Area (GFA): 377,036
Floors Below Grade: 6
Floor Above Grade: 8
Max Height: 110ft
LEED Tracking: Gold
Architect: Ballinger Associates
Construction Manager: Clark Construction
Consulting Project Manager: Boston Properties


The building includes functions from the School of Engineering and Applied Science as well as the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences’ physical science departments, including Biological Sciences, Physics, Chemistry, and Hominid Paleobiology. Other aligned researchers will also be located in the new complex. Additionally, some faculty and research staff of the Milken Institute School of Public Health and School of Medicine & Health Sciences will occupy the seventh and eighth floors of the building, respectively.

In 2009, GW’s Board of Trustees authorized expenditures of up to $10 million for planning, design, and cost-estimation for this transformational project. The university completed initial planning stages in early/mid 2010 for this building (including benchmarking and programming efforts to help shape building design), followed by additional architectural and design work. Community outreach during this period included detailed updates at the quarterly GW Community Advisory Committee meetings (required by the 2007 Foggy Bottom Campus Plan) as well as presentations to the Foggy Bottom Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2A (October 13, 2010) and several FRIENDS neighborhood meetings.

The University Board of Trustees unanimously approved this project at its fall 2010 meeting. This project was then submitted to the DC Zoning Commission where it received approval for the second stage Planned Unit Development (PUD) review per the conditions of the 2007 Foggy Bottom Campus Plan. Construction commenced in the summer of 2011 and occupancy of the Science and Engineering Hall occurred in January 2015. 


Fact Sheet

Square 55 Science and Engineering Hall Fact Sheet (.pdf)

Science and Engineering Hall News

'Making History' With Science and Engineering Hall
March 04, 2015

A Look Inside Science and Engineering Hall
March 02, 2015

Benefits, Sexual Assault Protocol and SEH Backfill Addressed at Faculty Senate
December 15, 2014

Chef José Andrés’ New Restaurant Is Coming to the George Washington University
October 14, 2014

From Design to Construction: Behind the Scenes of the Science and Engineering Hall
September 21, 2014

Science and Engineering Hall Opening Scheduled for Early 2015
September 15, 2014

What’s New on Campus?
September 10, 2014

University Receives Up to $14.6 Million to Investigate Biological and Chemical Threats
January 29, 2014

Science and Engineering Hall ‘Topping Out’
December 18, 2013

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

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

Microbiology Professor Receives $1.6 Million Grant for HIV Research
November 28, 2012

Upward Bound
November 14, 2012

New Synthetic Chemistry Lab Marks ‘Exciting Beginning’
August 06, 2012

Controlled Blasting Planned for Science and Engineering Hall Site
February 29, 2012

University Breaks Ground for Science and Engineering Hall
October 24, 2011

Science and Engineering Hall Receives Final Approval
June 15, 2011

Making Way for the Science and Engineering Complex
June 06, 2011

SEC Gets First Zoning Approval
April 28, 2011

Planning for Parking
April 04, 2011

City Holds Hearing on SEC
March 28, 2011

Scaling-Up the Student Experience
March 02, 2011

GW Board of Trustees Approves Science and Engineering Complex
October 15, 2010

Expanding Research
October 11, 2010

A New Home for Science and Engineering
October 07, 2010

Advancing Science and Engineering
August 30, 2010

Creating a World-Class Science and Engineering Facility
June 28, 2010