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Hello, McKinley! New Home for School of Communication Opens

American University's McKinley building covered in snow.

American University's McKinley Building (stock photo)

Updated March 11, 2014

After years of planning, the School of Communication at American University opened the doors to its new home in the McKinley Building on January 6, 2014. Advising and admissions offices are open for business. Faculty and staff, as well as the School’s academic centers, have been moved to the new facilities, and classrooms and other public spaces are receiving final touches in preparation for the start of spring semester, January 13.

Visitors should use the historic Rotunda entrance while construction continues on some of the building’s most impressive spaces, including the new building entrance and Abramson Family Plaza. Other key features still in progress include the Media Innovation Lab, the Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater and the rooftop terrace.

Timeline for completion of specific projects as of January 23, 2014:

  • Permanent signage will be in place by the middle of April
  • Furniture will continue to be installed in completed public spaces through the end of February
  • All interior spaces should be complete in March (this includes both construction work and technology integration work). This will include:
    • The stunning new 145-seat Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater with 4K projection
    • The state-of-the-art Media Innovation Lab for multi-media production
  • Work will continue on the exterior façade and new building entrance to the building through April
  • Work will continue on the grounds outside of McKinley through the end of the semester

As with any new building, debugging and minor tweaks will be ongoing.

Students and the rest of the AU community can follow progress and share their excitement on Twitter using the #hellomckinley hashtag.