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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

March 2, 2015 - Installation of dewatering well and sediment tanks is complete. 

Piping is connected to drain, and dewatering pumping is ongoing.

Geopier foundation system test piles are scheduled for week of March 2.

Groundwater sampling for testing and dewatering is ongoing, as tests will be performed on a monthly basis.

Excavation is approximately 70 percent complete.

Temporary Pepco power design has been approved for construction, and installation is expected to begin in March.

Tenley Campus - Most Recent Update

February 19, 2015 - Nebraska Avenue tower crane has been dismantled and removed.

Exterior building envelope framing continues on both the Yuma and Nebraska wings.

Exterior waterproofing continues on both wings.

Exterior sheathing continues on both the Yuma and Nebraska wings.

Window unit and curtain wall installation continues on both the Nebraska and Yuma wings.

Installation of granite and limestone exterior is under way.

Plumbing, electrical work, HVAC duct work, fire sprinkler system installation and masonry block work continues on both the Yuma and Nebraska wings.

Room layout and interior wall framing continues on the first, second, and third floors of both the Yuma and Nebraska wings, as well as installation of basic plumbing, HVAC, and electrical systems.

Utility installation work is under way on Warren Street.

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?

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

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