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Alan and Amy Meltzer Center for Athletic Performance & the Sports Center Annex

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Following the approval of AU’s 2021 Campus Plan, American University is excited to work together with campus and neighborhood stakeholders to to develop new spaces and opportunities that actively support all students’ well-being.  The American University Student Thriving Complex (STC) will create new and renovated spaces that enhance resources for all students success both in and out of the classroom. The STC will include a renovation of areas in the existing Mary Graydon Center (MGC), the newly built Alan and Amy Meltzer Center for Athletic Performance (Meltzer Center), and the Well-Being Commons, which will be in renovated areas in the existing Sports Center (SPRT) and the newly built Sports Center Annex (SCAN). This project represents AU’s values and furthers our commitment to Inclusive Excellence, belonging, and student success. Student thriving is based on a comprehensive approach that meets the needs of our students in innovative ways. 

AU looks forward to sharing its vision for the two new building projects planned as part of the Student Thriving Complex–the Alan and Amy Meltzer Center for Athletic Performance (Meltzer Center), and the Sports Center Annex (SCAN).  

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Jacob’s Field & Reeves Scoreboard

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On September 19, 2022, American University filed a Further Processing Application with the DC Zoning Commission requesting review and special exception approval of zoning relief to construct an acoustical sound barrier wall located between the William I. Jacobs Recreational Complex and the property located at 4710 Woodway Lane, N.W.; and to replace the existing scoreboard at the adjacent Reeves Field.

The purpose of the sound barrier wall is to reduce the noise impacts associated with the use of Jacobs Field on neighboring properties, and to allow for greater access to the field for a wider range of uses than are currently permitted under the conditions of Zoning Commission Order 20-31 (including, but not limited to, events with local public schools). The university has consulted and worked with the residents of 4710 Woodway Lane NW, the AU Neighborhood Partnership, and the Community Liaison Committee to evaluate the impacts of the sound barrier wall. The proposed sound barrier wall is designed to be approximately 360 feet long and 15 feet tall.

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Hall of Science Building

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American University’s new Hall of Science is a three-story, 95,000 Gross Floor Area (GFA), state-of-the-art facility. It is the new home to the university’s biology, environmental sciences, chemistry, and neuroscience departments. Bringing together these programs to a centralized location will foster collaboration across various disciplines through shared space and research laboratories. The building is on track to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification, a benefit to the campus, neighborhood, and District of Columbia.

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Please direct any questions or feedback about the Meltzer Center and Sports Center Annex (SCAN) projects to our Community Relations team via the Community Input Portal.

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