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Welcome to AU’s website for news and information about American University’s ongoing projects that are designed to help achieve our goal of “Building A Better American.” The various facilities projects presented on these pages, most of which were approved in our 2011 Campus Plan, support AU’s academic aspirations and enhance campus ambiance.

We invite students, faculty, staff, and neighbors to visit this site often for an overview of our building program, details about specific projects, and up-to-date information about all the ongoing construction and notice of any possible, temporary impact they may have on the community.

During the construction process, there may be temporary inconveniences that occasionally affect our neighbors and the university community. We will always strive to minimize the impact of our construction activity.

Construction Updates

Capital Projects Scheduled During Fall Semester

Progress continues on a number of capital projects throughout the campus. During this time, there may be localized pedestrian and vehicular traffic redirection, possible construction noise disruption, and occasional service interruptions. Workers will make their best efforts to minimize any inconveniences. Work includes:

  • East Campus - Nebraska Ave. - Visit the East Campus website for detailed information. (September 2014 - August 2016)
  • WCL-Tenley - Visit the Tenley Campus website for detailed information. (June 2013 - July 2015)
  • McKinley Storm Water Management System - Installation of storm water filter and bio retention pond adjacent to McKinley Hall.

Major Repairs/Renovations

  • Letts/Anderson Road to Watkins/Kreeger – Steam and chilled water line replacement. Temporary closings (May 19 – September 30)
  • Ward Circle Walk and Retaining Wall – Pedestrians will be advised to follow traffic redirection as work continues.

Other Repairs/Renovations

  • Centennial Hall Façade Repairs - Workers outside residence hall windows. (ongoing until September 18)
  • Leonard/McDowell Roof Coating - (ongoing until October 31)

Periodic notifications containing further updates will be issued on this website.

East Campus Update

August 29, 2014

  • Week of September 1, 2014
    Sheeting and shoring piles delivered to the site.
    On-site beam fabrication/preparation.
  • Week of September 8, 2014
    Dewatering well installation scheduled to begin.
    Pile driving scheduled to begin.

Mass excavation of the site is scheduled to begin the week of October 13.

Tenley Campus - Most Recent Update


September 8, 2014 - Work is under way on the above-ground construction of the Yuma and Nebraska wings, as underground parking construction is complete. 

Second-floor concrete deck construction is under way at both wings. 

Construction of second-floor columns, interior concrete walls, and elevator shafts also are in progress.

Concrete foundation work for the Atrium is complete, and installation of underground utilities in the area is under way.  

PEPCO's overhead service work on Warren Street is complete. 

Work on the permanent underground electrical service to the Nebraska wing is complete. Similar work for the Yuma wing is in progress.

Room layout and interior wall framing has begun on the first and second levels of Capital Hall, as well as installation of plumbing, HVAC, and electrical systems.


McKinley - Most Recent Update:

May 2014 - Construction completed (May 2014).

4401 Connecticut - Most Recent Update:

March 12, 2014 - Construction completed (September 2013).

Cassell Hall - Most Recent Update:

August 2013 - Construction completed.

Nebraska Hall - Most Recent Update:

August 2013 - Construction completed.

Questions or Comments?

Please e-mail buildingAU@american.edu

For project-specific questions or comments: Contact the project manager listed on that project's webpage.

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