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Georgetown University Student Center

Washington, DC

This project transformed the lower levels of a 6-story mid-century building, a former first-year student residence hall, creating a vibrant campus hub for student life. The Healey Family Student Center is open to the entire Georgetown University community and features multiple meeting spaces, study rooms, a 350-seat ballroom and dance studios, a film studies theater, and alternative dining options. Silman provided structural engineering services for the building’s rehabilitation and various upgrades.

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To support the load of the 12-foot-tall hearth in the lounge and dining area, Silman strengthened the existing ground level by installing a reinforced bonded overlay topping slab. Other interior structural work included a cantilevered monumental stair and slab reframing to accommodate a new elevator.

To support the load of the 12-foot-tall hearth in the lounge and dining area, Silman strengthened the existing ground level by installing a reinforced bonded overlay topping slab. Other interior structural work included a cantilevered monumental stair and slab reframing to accommodate a new elevator.

Exterior renovations included structural-glazed curtain walls, stainless steel entry vestibules, and various canopies, including one with brass plating. A new landscaped terrace with various stone-clad retaining walls overlooks the Potomac River.

Additional exterior work involved included the installation of a new locking dock and receiving area, which required underpinning and micropiles. At the northwest entrance of the building, an existing concrete girder spanning approximately 35 feet and supporting two columns required partial demolition. To accommodate the new entry, nearly two-thirds of the girder’s depth had to be removed. Silman coordinated a temporary shoring scheme and the installation of a permanent steel beam directly below the partially demolished concrete girder.

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Sustainability

With design elements including a green wall and a 200-foot-long skylight, Georgetown’s renovated student center building is LEED Gold certified.

Sustainability

With design elements including a green wall and a 200-foot-long skylight, Georgetown’s renovated student center building is LEED Gold certified.

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